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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: "anita kone" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:02:51 +0000


I am MISS ANITA KOSSA KONE, the only daughter of late Mr. And Mrs.KOSSA
SMITH KONE. My father was a very wealth cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the
economic capital of Ivory Coast, my father died during the political war
crisis that going on in my country here in ivory coast(cote d'ivoire).My
mother died when I was a baby when she was about to delivers a new baby and
since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on
november 2003 in a private hospital
herein Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has
the sum of Eight Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars.
USD($8.500,000) ) left in a fixed/suspence account in one of the prime BANK
here in Abidjan Ivory Coast ,as a family treasures that he used my name her
only daughter for the next of kin in depositing of the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign
partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use
it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel
management.Sir,I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this
regards again.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.Now permit
me to ask these few questions:-

(1)Can you help me To provide a bank account into which this money would be
transferred to.?
(2)Can you stand as a guardian of fund.
(3)Can you make an arrangement for me to come over to your country to
further my Education and to secure a resident permit in your country?
(4) Can you honestly take me as your own and help me?
(5) Can I completely trust you?
(6) What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible so that i can
forward the all the
informations to you after we have agreed on the conditions for your
assistance. My life is not safe
here and i need to be out of here as soon as possible because now that my
father is dead and with me only as a female child, firstly the political war
crisis are still going on here in my country and firstly secondly my
uncles are seeking to kill me so that they can have all my fathers
properties. i really don't want to struggle anything with them in terms of
properties but my presence will still be disturbing them. thank God they are
not aware of this fund in the bank hence, I want to leave here as soon as
you help me to cleared funds from the bank here and lodge it into a safe
account in your stable country and then send me some amount to enable me
prepare to meet you. without your
help, i will find it difficult to travel and clear it myself alone with my
little or no experience.

I am waiting for your urgent reply with your contact phone number so that i
can give you the contact of the bank for you to contact them as if you are
my guardians. Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thank you so much.

Best Regards,


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