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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: "Jonathan Caru" <jonah_caru@myway.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 04:01:46 +0000
Subject: IF YOUR HEART IS KIND, PLEASE NOW IS THE TIME.

Dear Friend,

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for
me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My
name is Jonathan Caru a merchant from Norway, I have
been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled
all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have
only about a few months to live, according to medical
experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I
never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my
business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous,
I was always hostile to people and only focused on my
business as that was the only thing I cared for. But
now I regret all this as I now know that there is more
to life than just wanting to have or make all the
money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to
this world I would live my life a different way from
how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I
have willed and given most of my property and assets
to my immediate and extended family members as well as
a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me
and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to
charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the
last good deeds I do on earth.
So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now
that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do
this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family
to close one of my accounts and distribute the money
which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria
and Pakistan; it hurt me deep down to my soul that
they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left
for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge
cash deposit of Twenty Eight Million dollars ($28,
000, 000, 00) that I have with a finance/Security
Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect
this deposit and dispatch it to charity
organizations.

I have set aside 20% for you and for your time.
And please, I really hope you would not say that is not enough for you.
God be with you.

JONATHAN CARU

ALTERNATE EMAIL : jonah_caru1@myway.com





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