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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:

Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 16:19:01 -0000

Dear Sir/madam

I am interested in your partnership in business dealing. This
business proposal I wish to intimate you with is of mutual
benefit and it's success is entirely based on mutual trust,
cooperation and a high level of confidentiality as regard this
transaction. I am representing the board of the contract award
and monitoring committe of the Zambian Ministry of Mining
and Resources.

I am seeking your assistance to enable me transfer the sum of
US$30,500,000.00 (Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) into your private/company account. The
Fund came about as a result of a contract awarded and executed
For and on behalf of my Ministry.

The contract was supposed to be awarded to two foreign
contractors to the tune of US$180,000,000.00 (One hundred
and eighty million United States Dollars) but in the course of
negotiation, the contract was awarded to a Bulgarian contractor
at the cost of US$149,500,000.00 (One hundred and Forty-nine
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to my
benefit unknown to the contractor.

This contract has been satisfactorily executed and inspected
as the Bulgarian firm is presently securing payment from my
Ministry, where our Board is in-charge of all foreign contract
payment approval. As a civil servant still in active government
service, I am forbidden by law to operate an account outside the
shores of Zambia. Hence this message to you seeking your
assistance so as to enable me present your private/company
account details as a beneficiary of contractual claims alongside
that of the Bulgarian contractor, to enable me transfer the
difference of US$30,500,000.00(thirty Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars)into your provided account.

On actualisation, the fund will be disbursed as stated below;

1. 20% of the fund will be for you as beneficiary

2. 80% of the fund will be for Us.

All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for a smooth
actualization of the transaction within the next few working days of

For further details as to the work ability of this
transaction, please reach me as soon as possible on my private

Thank you and God bless as I await your urgent response.
Yours Sincerely,

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