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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: melisa udah <>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 18:28:42 +0000 (GMT)




Please I am MISS MELISAH UDAH, the only daugther of late chief GEORGE UDAH from Sierra Leone. I got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center in Coted'Ivoire.My sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence to rely on you. I am writing you inabsolute confidence primarily to seek for your assistance to transfer our cash of TEN MILLION USD in
the custody of a BANK here in Abidjan to your private account pending our rival to your country.


My late father, chief GEORGE UDAH, a native of mende district in the Northern province of Sierra .Leone, was the general Manager of Sierra Leone mining co-operation (S.L.M.C.) Freetown.According to my father. This money was the income accrued from mining co-operation's over draft and minor sales. Before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of major Paul Koroma and the combined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country, following the forceful removal from power of the Civilian Elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by the rebels. My father had already made arrangement for his family, my mother, my little Brother and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire with our personal effects and the box containing team. My father deposited
the fund for the safe custody until after the war when he will join us. During the war in my country, and following the indiscriminate looting of public and Government
properties by therebeln forces, the sierra Leone mining coop. Was one of the targets looted and destroyed.My father including other top Government functionaries Were attacked and
killed by the rebels, because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan
Kabbah. As a result of my father's death, and with the news of my uncle's involvement in air crash dashed our hope of survival. The untimely deaths caused my mothers heart failure and
other related complications issue of which she later died in the hospital After we must have spent a lot of money on her.Now my brother and myself are alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help.Without any relation, we are now like refugees and orphans. Our only hope now is in fund our father deposited in the BANK To this effect, I humbly solicit your assistance in the followings ways.To assist me claim this fund from the BANK as co beneficiary.To transfer this money in your name to your country.To make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on our behalf in your country and you, the caretaker.To secure a college for my little brother and myself in your country to further our education. And to make arrangement for our travel with you to your country after you have transferred this fund.Mostimportantly. The whole documents issuedafter deposit in my custody. For your assistance, I beg you to concede 5 % of this money for your efforts and assi!

Best regards
melisah udah

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