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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: "Nancy Brooks" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 14:40:58 +0000
Subject: From Mrs.Nancy Brooks(Natwest Bank Uk)!!

The Financial Ombudsmen Service
South Quay Plaza
183 Marsh Wall
E14 9SR

Dear Friend,

In order to transfer out (USD 12.6 M) Twelve million Six Hundred United
States Dollars) from National Westminster Bank uk. I have the courage to ask
you if you are capable, reliable and honest to assist us with this important
business believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mrs. Nancy Brooks, the Chief Auditor of National Westminster Bank Uk
(NATWEST BANK). There is an account opened in this bank in 1998 and since
then nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old
files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out
urgently, it would be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is
Mr. Smith B.Andreas,a foreigner, and a miner at kruger gold co., a geologist
by profession, and he died since 1998.He opened a non-residential U.S dollar
bank account.Since then no other person knows about this account or any
thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my
investigation proved to me as well that this company does not know anything
about this account and the amount involved is (USD 12.6M) Twelve Million,
six Hundred United States Dollars million dollars. I want to first transfer
US$6,000,000:00 Six million United States Dollars from this money into a
safe foreigners account abroad before the rest is transfered,but I don't
have any foreign partner.

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be
approved to any other person other than the next of kin to Mr. Smith
B.Andreas.I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we do
not know ourselves before now, We will then sign an agreement, but be sure
that it is real and a genuine business transaction. I only got your contact
address from International Business Directory, with believe in God that you
will never let me down in this proposed business.You are the only person
that I have contacted in this regard, so please reply urgently so that I
will inform you of the next step to take immediately.

Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full details
of the account to be used for the deposit if possible with zero credit. I
want us to meet face to face or sign a binding agreement to bind us
together so that you can receive this money into a any reliable account of
your choice where the fund will be safe. And I will fly to your country for
withdrawal, sharing and other investments opportunities as well. I am
contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign
account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this
work, because the management is ready to approve this payment to any
foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will provide
to you later.

Furthermore, with my position now in the office I can transfer this money to
any foreigner's reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that
this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for
sharing. I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive
this money leaving no trace to any place. You can also come to discuss with
me face to face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and
two of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money
going into the account. I will apply for annual leave immediately I hear
from you that you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I
will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward
transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms from
the ministries and foreign exchange departments. At the conclusion of this
business, you will be given 30% of the total amount,65% will be for me,
while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the
course of this transaction.

Lastly, if you are intrested in assisting us in this transaction, kindly
respond to my principal partner Dr.Donald Duke at (
Telephone number (+44 704 011 0427 or +44 704 010 8365)or by fax at +44

I look forward to your earliest reply

Mrs. Nancy Brooks

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