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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: "FROM:MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN" <brightrossman@mailbox.co.za> (may be fake)
Reply-To: bright_rossman2005@excite.com
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 04:21:12 -0700
Subject: FROM:MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN

FROM:MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

TEL:27-73-3266-156

EMAIL:bright_rossman2001@yahoo.co.in

Dear Sir/Madam

PROPOSAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.

My name is Mr. BRIGHT ROSSMAN the elder son of Mr. DAVID ROSSMAN of Zimbabwe.

This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address.

I got your address from the South African chamber of commerce in Johannesburg,

South Africa in my search for a honest and trusty worthy person.

During the current war against the farmers in my country Zimbabwe, the

supporters of our president Robert Mugabe invaded and confiscated all the

white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white

farmers to surrender all farms to his party members and his followers.

my father being of the best few successful and rich black farmers in our

country was victimized because he did not support mugabe s ideas .because

of this, supporters of the mugabe government called war veterans" invaded

my fathers farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made

away with a lot of items in my father's farm.

Before his death, my father had deposited with one of the security company

in Johannesburg, south Africa the sum of US$20 million (Twenty Million United

States Dollars).after the death of my father, we decided to move to the

republic of south Africa where he had deposited the money in the security

company as "family valuables".

So I decided to contact overseas firm and companies that will assist me

to move this money out of south Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed

to operate any bank account within south Africa. we have Agreed to offer you

25% of the total sum for your assistance,5% will be mapped out for any expenses

that may be incurred in the course of this transaction while

70% will be for me and my family to invest in your country under your

direction/supervision.

If my proposal meets your satisfaction, you can contact me on the above

telephone numbers or EMAIL:ADDRESS to enable us proceed. Note that this

transaction is 100% risk free and requires absolute confidentiality.


YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER IS URGENT

Thanks and god bless.

Best regards

MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN

(For the family)





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