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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: Laurent Defoy <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:14:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Defoy

From Defoy
Defoy & Co. Chambers
Solicitors & Advocates.
06 BP 1409 dpakpa godomey,

Dear Friend

As it may interest you to know, I got your contact through Togo Chamber of Commerce Mines and i was seaching for a good relaible contact which i will entrust this business oppurtunity into its control, I was elated when i saw your address,and i picked a keen interest with confidence to solicit for your help in executing this oppurtunity.

However,i was moved to contact you base on the present situation of this oppurtunity which i may say that it is God given time offer, Their is a foreigner who lived here in Lome-Togo long ago called Mr Caldwell Samuel by name,and it happen that the man registered to me as his private/ personal attorney,unfortunately the man died with his wife and their two kids in fatal motor accident along Cotonou express way which happened on 23th December, 20001.

Owing to the death of this man called Mr Caldwell Samuel by name,his bank called on me for his balance with the bank as his attorney since January 2002,to invite his relatives to come and claim the money,i tried all i could to trace his family,but all my efforts proved arbortive,then from November last year 2003,till now,the bank has been presurising me to look for his family because they realise that a lot of swindlers have been forwarding application to claim the money as his next of kin,but it happen that after much verification,they will find out that those people were rogues,because they cannot provide a legal evidence to prove that they were his relative.

Moreover,i have decided to use you as his next of kin to claim the money for my own personal use as it happen that his relatives were not available up till now,and i have all his documents in my file which will back you up before the bank as his next of kin,i will still obtain a genuine legal evidence which i will do with your name to satisfy that you are the rightful next of kin to the deceased.

Furthermore,the amount involved is ($12.750,000.00)Twelve Million,Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State Dollars,therefore i will be happy if you can furnish me with your full name and address which i will use to secure the legal documents which will back you up as his heir next of kin.As soon as i receive your address,i will form an application which you will submitt to the concerned bank as his next of kin.Be rest assured that their is no risk involved as i have perfected and made the neccessary arrangements to back you up in claiming the

Finally,you have to maintain the high secrecy this business demands as the bank does not know that i am using you to claim the money on my own,besides,i will compensate you with 30% of the total money for your help and assistance and You can now forward the address and your full name as i demanded above for the transaction to commence in full.

Thanks as i await for your reply.

Best Regards,
Barr.Laurent Defoy. Esq.

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