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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: "Mr Saliu Kaba" <kaba30@tiscali.co.uk> (may be fake)
Reply-To: kaba_23@linuxmail.org
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:55:02 +0000
Subject: Good Morning





FROM SALIU KABA
ACCRA GHANA
saliu_24@yahoo.ca
DEAR,
MY NAME IS SALIU KABA . NATIONALITY SIERRA LEONE. IAM 23 YEARS OLD, A
STUDENT.I LOST MY FATHER YEARS BACK. HE DIED DRURING THE POLITICAL
CRISIS IN MY COUNTRY. MY LATE FATHER WAS ONE OF THE DIRECTORS UNDER
TIJAN
KABBAH GOVERNMENT.
MY MOTHER IS AGED SHE IS 62 YEARS NOW AN OLD WOMAN. WE ARE LEAVING IN
GHANA SINCE PAST SIX MONTH. IT IS MY DESIRE TO WRITE FROM MY
HEART HOPING THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY US. MY FATHER DIVERTED SOME HUGE
OF MONEY WHICH HE DEPOSITED IN FAVOUR OF HIS FORIEGN PARTNER WITH A
BANK IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN HE WAS ALIFE, IN FACT IN A BRIFE I
INTRODUTION.
ALL THE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU. THIS
MONEY TOTALING US$ 6.5 (six point five million dollars
DOLLAR
NOW WE ARE SEEKING FOR A TRUSTED PERSON WHO WILL RECEIVE THIS MONEY
INTO HIS/HER ACCOUNT FOR ONWARD INVESTMENT. OWEVER, WHAT WE NEEDED
FROM
YOU IS YOUR GOOD ASSISTANCE IN HELPING US TRANSFERRING THE SUM TO YOUR
ACCOUNT SINCE WE ARE INEXPERENCED IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS, THAT'S THE
REASON WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
A DOCUMENT CONCERNING THE DEPOSIT MAY BE GIVEN TO YOU FOR YOUR
VERIFICATION. WE REALLY NEED TO MOVE THE FUND OUT OF AFRICA TO
ABROAD. I AND MY
MOTHER HAVE DECIEDED TO GIVE YOU 10% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR KIND
ASSISTANCE. THE WORLD IS FULL OF BAD PEOPLE PLEASE CAN YOU PROVE YOUR
GUNUITY TO US FOR US TO HAVE YOU AS A PARTNER.
SORRY I AM NOT SAYING YOU ARE BAD PERSON BUT CONSIDER THAT THIS IS
MONEY AND HOW THE MONEY WAS GOTTEN. IT IS INHERITACE AND LAST HOPE.
SHOW
YOUR INTEREST AND WE PROCEED ON THE NEXT STEP OFACTION. COTE D`IVOIRE
IS
NO LONGER CONDUSIVE FOR US TO STAY. WE LOOK FORWARD FOR YOUR URGENT

SALIU KABA AND MOTHER




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