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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: "Latefa Aminu" <latefa@yahoo.it> (may be fake)
Reply-To: latefa_aminu1@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 14:04:49 +0000
Subject: Assalamu Alaikum.

ATTN :Sir
I have got your contact in the cause of my serious search for a reliable foreign partner through a profile in which convinced me of your wild experiences in business. However, i am Latefa Aminu .my father was one of the Fodeh Sankoh Revolutional United Front (R.U.F) in Sierra Leone in West African. I confide in you hoping you will never betray me at last, my most required concern is for you to recognised me as your best friend while establishing a long lasting relationship for our future.
Presently,I am in Dakar-Senegal with the sum of Two point Five Million United States Dollars (US$2.5m) .These money was realised by my late father before his untimely death through Diamond sales when Revolutional Movement (R.U.F)conquered one of the Diamond region , by then my father was the Chief in my region and the Director of Kono Gold and Diamond Corp.
The money was kept under my father care for the purchase of arms from Ukraine .It was a situation of war so my father died I consider it my chance and the move immediately to Dakar-Senegal where my father Deposited this fund in a security company for save keeping since then I have being looking for a nice business to invest this fund into. My aim of contacting you is to assist me in two ways (1)to help and transfer the money to your country (2)and to help me get a profitable business for investment any where in oversea all is base on your professional advise and acceptance to assist me. Note that a substantial portion of these money would be compensated to you for all your assistance.
Please Sir, do not hesitate to respond promptly in order for me to know the next thing to do on how to move this money to your country through proper arrangement. Finally, keep this with your utmost secrecy and confidentiality as you can understand my condition in Dakar-Senegal because i am into hiding as so many people knows me.
Thanks for your co-operation.
Sincerely Yours.
Latefa Aminu



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