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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: "carlos alberto" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:10:19 +0000

Dear Friend,
Having obtained your contact from the Spanish Chambers of commerce I
decided to contact and solicit your mutual assistance to invest in your
country. I am Mr. CARLOS ALBERTO; I am an official of CAJA MADRID Bank
in Spain.
Some years Mrs Stella Obasanjo First lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
who died in Marbella hospital in Malaga Spain made a numbered time (Fixed)
Deposit, valued at 8,500,000.00(Eight Million, Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my Bank Branch.
Due to the sudden death of the first lady caused by complications
from a cosmetic surgery, she did not have time to reconcile most
business transactions with her family especially her husband.
In the last trip she made, she had deposited the money in
a security company in Spain as family valuables before she went in
for the surgery that took her life that day. When we heard that she is
dead I quickly went to the security company and demanded the
certificate of deposit before the news of her death was made public
and it was given to me without any questions as the security company
officials recognized that I was the only person with her during the
time of deposit.
However, My Partner and I decided to deposit these funds to one of the
Security Company here in Spain. Consequently, we shall present you as a
foreign partner to stand in as the beneficiary of this money. This fund
deposited in my bank as part payment to a foreign company that want to
a personal refinery for him here in Spain.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement
will protect you from any breach of the law, as we will use our
position as
the Banker to secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution
this transaction. It will take only 7-10 working days to conclude this
Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. We
discuss the disbursement and percentage as soon as we hear from you.
If this interests you, please reply me immediately Awaiting your urgent
reply. Thanks.
read about her death by logging in to

Best regards,

Carlos Alberto

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