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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, 5 Jul 2005 03:49:40 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?GET=20BACK=20TO=20ME=20PLS?=



I am Barrister goodnews ADE (Esq), the Personal Attorney to
a Foreign Contractor,who worked with a Multinational Oil Firm in

On the 11th of September 2001, my client, a Mexican National, late Engineer
A.Goins, an oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal
Government of Nigeria,until his death Three years ago in a ghastly terrorist
attack to American Airlines Flight 11, from Boston, Massachusetts,to Los
Angeles, California,crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre
with 86 people on board.All occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately lost

Since then I have made several inquiries to Several Embassies to
locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family
but of no avail. Then I have to contact you to assist me in repatriating
the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly,
the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about US$35.5 Million
has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin,relatives so that the
fund left will be transferred or have the account confiscated within the
next twenty official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the the
relatives for over 3 years now I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued
at US$35.5Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share this money.
70% to me and 25% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your
Government may require.

All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law. I will want you to send to me on your return email the following
information for the transfer in your favour

1, Your full Name

2, Your contact Address

3, Your private phone,Mobile and fax numbers for easy communicating for
each others I await your kind response,Please if you are interested and
capable in handling this deal with me And note that the nurture of this
deal needs a very top secrecy

Best Regards,
Goodnews Ade.(Esq)

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