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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Edward Don" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 14:51:48 +0200
Subject: Ref: helping hand

Private: Tele: +27-82 7486759
From: Dr. Donald Edward
Date: 17 April 2006

Attn: Director/ C.e.o.


I am Dr. Donald Edward, the director of delivery / Operations, Transworld
Security company, South Africa. Our firm is a company of high repute with
years of outstanding services to the people of Africa especially top
government officials and military leaders here in Africa.

I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on business
proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I have not discussed
this transaction with anybody because it is of top secret. To be explicit
and straight to the point, sometime early 1997 a reputable client of ours
deposited a consignment in our company's vault for safe keeping. And since
then our client has failed to come forward to claim his consignment, which
has accumulated a considerable amount of money in demurrage.

Consequently, in our bid to contact this client to redeem the demurrage
which his consignment had accumulated we discovered that our client was the
former President of the Federation Republic of Angola, who was shot and
killed on an ambush and was dethroned in the same year the consignment was
entrusted into our care. Since the death of our client PRESIDENT JONAS
SAVIMBI, none of his benefactors has come forward to claim the consignment
with us, which means that none of his relatives or aids has any knowledge of
this consignment.

Hence out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the two boxes that our
client deposited in our vault. And to my surprise I discovered that the
boxes that were registered as treasure by our client actually contained a
considerable amount of money in United States Dollars $50/$100 bills which
is 400,150 pieces amounting to about US$4.3Million dollars defaced (Security
Code) (Four Million Three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).

Since this development I have been nursing plans secretly. I also found out
from enquiries and the foreign media that our late client siphoned a lot of
money from his country while he was in office as head of state. It is my
conviction that the consignment in our vault was part of the money that our
client siphoned and now that he is dead there is no trace to this money in
our care.

I am now soliciting your noble assistance to assist me in transferring this
money out of South Africa to your country for immediate investment with your

Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist me, I
will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights of ownership of this
consignment to your name to facilitate your Easy clearance and transfer of
the complete funds to your country for onwards Investment.

This transaction is 100% risk free. Please maintain absolute confidential on
this matter. I await your most prompt response through my private e-mail

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Donald Edward.
0027 82 748 6759

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