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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: "MISS SUSAN" <susan_weah01@sino.net> (may be fake)
Reply-To: susan_weah@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 21:41:37 +0100
Subject: FROM:SUSAN AND THE MOTHER

From: Miss Susan Weah.
Country: Liberia, West Africa.

Attn: Dear Sir,

First and foremost, I must solicit your strictest confidence in This transaction and I pray that my decision to contact you will Be given genuine approval considering the facts we have not known Each other before; I wish to use this opportunity to introduce Myself to you.

I am (Miss Susan Weah) from Liberia, West Africa. I write To inform you about my desire to invest, and to buy a living house in A Foreign country. I am the first Daughter of Mr. Koolman Weah: my father Was diamond/gold merchant in my country my father had a bullet shot by the rebels on his way traveling out of my country with two of my Younger sisters and my brother due to present crisis that occurred in our country (Liberia).

My sister's and my younger brother died on the spot while UN peacemaker, keeping force rescued my father, and he was taken to nearest hospital for medical treatment, which he later died. Before he died he revealed to me and my mother about the boxes containing: some kilo of raw gold And $2.5 million,(two million and five hundred thousand us dollars).Which he deposited with a security company in Ghana for safekeeping.

My father did not disclose any of the content of the boxes to the Security Company. To avoid the officials from the company raising eyebrows to the Funds.

Presently my mother and myself are here in Ghana to notify the security Company for the claims, and we are staying in the refugee camp. Therefore I want you to assist me on how best we can invest this money,Because my father told me that it is dangerous to invest this money in Africa to avoid suspicions, and due to market instability coupled with Economic and political instability facing African count rise, that is Why we want to invest in Abroad.

For your mutual assistance, my mother and myself have agreed to offer You 25% of the total amount of the money. We have all the vital Documents covering the deposit and the ownership, which I can send to You through fax on request. I will want you to forward across to me Your direct Tel/Fax number for more information's about this Transaction.

Lastly, I wish you don’t take advantage of our position and conditions as women in this transaction, and I pray that the almighty GOD will bless you for any help you are rendering to this helpless family Waiting for your urgent feedback

Best regards,

Susan Weah.

(For the entire family)










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