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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "kenn ross" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 09:44:00 +0200
Subject: Humble Assistance

FROM: Kenn Ross.
PHONE: + 27 83 438 8124.

ATTN: bas

My name is Mr Kenn Ross,the elder son of Mr. Samza Ross from Zimbabwe.It
might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address. I got it from
South African Chamber of Commerce. During the current crises against the
farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to
claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white
farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers.

My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that hedid
not support the president’s political ideology, the president’ssupporters
invaded my father’s farm burnt down everything, shot him and as a resultof
the wounds sustained, he became sick and died after two days.

And after his death, I with my younger Brother and my mother decided tomove
out of Zimbabwe for the safety of our lives to South-Africa.

But before my fathers died he wrote his will, which reads "(MY BELOVEED SON
,I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF ($15.6,000.00 m.) Fifteen
Million,six hundred thousand U.S Dollars which I deposited in a box witha
Security Company in JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH-AFRICA). In case of my absence on
earth caused by death only ". You should solicit for reliable foreign
partner to assist you to transfer this money out of South Africa for
investment purpose.

I deposited the money in your name and it can be claimed by you alone with
the deposit code. your mother has all the documents. Take good care of your
mother and brother."

From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family
depends on this money as much, I will be very grateful if you can assist us.
I with my younger brother are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM
SEEKERS and the financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA does not allow ASYLUM
SEEKERS certain financial rights to such huge amount of money .In view of
this,I cannot invest this money in South-Africa, hence I am asking you to
assist me transfer this money out of South-Africa for investment purposes.

For your efforts, I am prepared to offer you 25% of the total fund,while 10%
will be set aside for local and international expenses and 65% will be kept
for me and my family .

Finally modalities on how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you
once we establish trust and confidence between ourselves.

Looking forward to your urgent reply . For detailed information.



Kenn Ross.

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