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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: 28 Apr 2005 12:37:51 -0000

From The Desk of Mr Koffi Umar
Bill And Exchange Manager ,
Foreign Remmittance Dept.
Banque International du Abidjan
Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire


With due respect and huminity, I write to you this proposal.I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of Banque Internationale du Abidjan . I am writing following the impressive information about you in the internate site of your country.
In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of $18.5,million us dollars in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entirefamily in November 1997 in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death , we have been expecting hisnext of kin to come forward and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and policies butunfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation diedalongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claims. Itis there fore upon this discovery that I decided to make this businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety andsubsequent disbursement since nobody is coming forth and we dont want this moneyto go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.

According to our Banking policies and guideline here which stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after eight years, the money will automatically be transfered into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a ivorian cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
We agree that 25 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account,10% will be for reimbursement of any expenses incured during the curse of the transactionand 65 % would be for me and my colleagues.
There after I and my colleagues will visit yourcountry for disbursement according to the percentagesindicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easier and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted .
upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of
fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer .

You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Koffi Umar
Bill And Exchange Manager,
Foreign Remmittance Dept.

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