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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: "Comas Umua" <comas708@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:29:50 +0000
Subject: confidential

Comas Umah.
Principal Accountant
Federal Ministry of Aviation


Dear Sir,

I hope this mail will reach you in the best of health and business
conditions and receive the most desired attention from you even as we have
not had any previous correspondence before.

I am constrained by insufficient information about you to express in full
the main objectives of this proposal. However, kindly get back to me
immediately for details should be given you if you agree to its content.My
colleagues and I would like to solicit your kindness in assisting us to
execute the transfer of some fund from our country to your country forn safe
keeping. The total amount of fund is $23.8 Million.The source of this fund
will be disclosed to you as soon as your positive response is received to
this effect.

I am a principal accountant to the Nigerian Ministry of Aviation, and the
Chairman to the Federal Tenders'Board in charge of contract award and
monitoring in Nigeria. Basically,you would be required to nominate a
suitable bank account that will conveniently accommodate the total
fund.Account could be a fresh or an already existing one, and could be
individual or corporate account.

On completion of the transaction, you shall have a benefit of 30% of the
fund for your envisaged efforts and assistance rendered. 10% shall be used
to settle any expenses both you and I shall make at the course of this
transaction. Details of this proposal will be sent to you as soon as your
response is received.

This proposal is strictly confidential, free from any form of risk and does
not depend on any particular field of trade to prosecute. It however
requires your adequate participation and support to enable its
accomplishment on schedule.

Thanks in anticipation.

Best regards.

Comas Umah.





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