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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: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 00:43:08 +0000
Subject: Honestly Beleive Me : From Andrew.

Cote d` Ivoire (Former Ivory Coast)
West Africa.

My Dear
It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration, since I cannot
be able to see you face to face at first,Please need your help.

Being the only son of my father, late Mr. VICTOR MAXWELL from REPUBLIC OF
SIERRA LEONE(I am 26 years of age.My father was limited liability Cocoa
and Gold merchant in SIERRA LEONE before his untimely death. After his business
trip to Abidjan-Côte d'Ivoire, to nagociate on a cocoa and gold business
he wanted to invest in Abidjan - Côte d'Ivoire.
A week after he came back from Abidjan, he got an accident with my mother
of which my mother died instantly but my father died after five days in
a private hospital on that faithful afternoon, I didn?t know that my father
was going to leave me after I had lost my mother, but before he gave up
the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die.

He my father, (MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE) he disclosed to me that
he deposited sum of $8,000,000,00 US Dollars (EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS) in
a security company here in Abidjan - Côte d?Ivoire.

That the money was meant for his cocoa and Gold company he wanted to establish
in Abidjan - Côte d?Ivoire though, according to my father he deposited the
money in a trunk box but declared it as vital family belongings. He single
handed me the key of the box and the deposit certificate and instructed
me to seek for a reliable and trust worthy business partner for my life
time investment abroad.

Now I have succeeded in locating the security company here in Abidjan -
Côte d'Ivoire also confirmed the items with most honest and confidentiality.

Now I am soliciting for your assistance to help me lift this money out from
Abidjan to your safe account abroad so that we should invest it in any meaningful
lucrative business in your country because this is my only hope in life.

I am willing to offer you 10% of the total fund if only you can help me
out of my present predicament. Awaiting anxiously to hear from you so that
we can discuss the modalities of this transaction. I await your immediate

Yours sincerely

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