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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: grace adibe <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 13:59:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Personal Message

Dearest One,

I decided to contact you ,for an assistance to stand as our manager/investor to the sum of US$10,500,000 ( Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States DollarsOnly) .I am Grace Adibe the daughter of Late Mr&Mrs Robert Adibe the former President of Lakota farms After my parents death during political clashes in Cote d'Ivoire, I discovered that my father has some fund with Globe Security Company which amounted to the sum of US$10,500,000 .

Since then I been constantly kept under strict surveillance while all my father's assets were confiscated and seize by his Relations which left me in total orphanage. Sequel to this fact, after a due deliberation I decided to contact you to assist me to clear the consignment fund so that this fund could be wired into your account directly without any hitch. As soon as the fund has been wired into your account, for onward investment in your country, I like you to send me a Letter of Invitation to meet with you for a business investment.

For your assistance, I am offering you 20% from the sum which amounts However, you have to really assure us and also we will like to go into agreement with you. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email. Due to surveillance condition, and I am ready to send all the documents concerning the Consignment fund in the security company to you to enable you clear the Metal Box from the security company. I will also like you to give me your contact telephone to enable me call you from time to time.

Please help me I remind the need for absolute Confidentiality in this issue..

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation. I have attched my pic to this message and pls try and get back to me as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely..........................Grace Adibe

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