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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: Pascal Dufrasne <>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 05:20:12 -0800 (PST)

Good day
I am Mr. Pascal Dufrasne, Branch Manager of BNP
Paribas Singapore, Private Bank, 20 Collyer Quay Tung
Centre Singapore 049319. I have proposition for you.
An american Oil consultant/contractor with the
Singapore Solid Minerals Corporation, {Mr.Glenn . B.
Hatleberg} made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit
for twelve calendar months, valued at US$15,750,000.00
(Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I
sent a routine notification to his forwarding address
but got no reply.. After a month, we sent a reminder
and finally we discovered from his contract employers,
the Singapore Solid Minerals Corporation that
Mr.Glenn . B. Hatleberg died in a plane crash along
with his wife, Barbara Hatleberg in febuary 2000,

On further investigation, I found out that he died
without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his
next of kin have been fruitless as Mr.Glenn . B.
Hatleberg did not declare any kin or relations in all
his official documents, including his Bank Deposit
paper work in my Bank.
This sum of US$15,750,000.00 is still sitting in my
Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the
principal sum at the end of each year. No one will
ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of
Singapore, at the expiration of 5 (five) years which
is this year, the money will revert to the ownership
of the Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Glenn .
B. Hatleberg so that the fruits of this old man's
labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt
government officials. This is simple, I will like you
to provide immediately your full names and address so
that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents
and affidavits that will put you in place as the next
of kin.
We shall employ the services of an attorney for
drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain
the necessary documents in your favor for the
transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that
you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of
this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The
money will be paid into your account for us to share
in the ratio of 70% for me and 30% for you. There is
no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by the attorney and my
position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private
email address below. Upon your response, I shall then
provide you with more details and relevant documents
to prove the authenticity and this will help you
understand the transaction more.
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax
numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost
confidentiality, and be rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us
because I shall require your assistance to invest my
share in your country,

Reply me via E-mail Address:

Best Regards,
Mr. Pascal Dufrasne

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