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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?abdulsah=20sahed?= <abdulsahs@yahoo.co.in>
Reply-To: saheed@mailgate.ru
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 21:57:32 +0530 (IST)
Subject: next of kin


I have a new email address!You can now email me at: abdulsahs@yahoo.co.in

DEAR SIR,

I AM MR.ABDUL SAHEED, THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF AFRICAN CONTINENTAL BANK PLC. I REQUEST YOUR CO-OPERATION IN THE TRANSFER OF MONEY AMOUNTING TO U.S.D. 28.8 MILLION. ON SEPT. 1996, AN OIL CONSULTANT/CONTRACTOR WITH THE KUWAIT OIL MINISTRY,MR. AHMED YOUSUF MUSTAPHA, AN IRAQI NATIONAL MADE A FIXED DEPOSIT OF U.S $28.8M IN AFRICAN CONTINENTAL BANK. (A.C.B.). ON MATURITY WE SENT A ROUTINE NOTIFICATION TO HIS FORWARDING ADDRESS BUT GOT NO REPLY. AFTER A MONTH, WE SENT A REMINDER AND FINALLY HIS EMPLOYERS WROTE TO INFORM US THAT MR. MUSTAPHA DIED IN A AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT, THAT HE DIED WITHOUT MAKING A WILL WHILE OUR ATTEMPT TO TRACE HIS NEXT OF KIN THROUGH IRAQI EMBASSY PROVED FRUITLESS. WHEN HE WAS MAKING DEPOSITION IN MY BANK, HE DID NOT DECLARE HIS NEXT OF KIN IN HIS DEPOSIT APPLICATION FORM, WHEN I REMINDED HIM HE SAID HE WISHED IT SO, IN THE CONSERVATIVE MANNER OF OUR BANK, I DID NOT TURN DOWN HIS REQUEST RATHER HONOR IT ONSIDERING HIS HIGH NET WORTH.

THE POINT IS THAT HIS EMPLOYER ARE NOT AWARE OF HIS DEPOSIT WITH US, THEREFORE I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOW ABOUT MR.MUSTAPHA,S DEPOSIT OF US $28.8,000,000.00,WHICH IS NOW LAYING IN DORMANT ACCOUNT PORTFOLIO, THE WHOLE ACCOUNT ELATING TO MR.MUSTAPHA,S DEPOSIT IS ALSO WITH ME.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD FOR A FOREIGNER WHO WILL STAND IN AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO MR.MUSTAPHA.

I HAVE WORKED OUT MODALITIES OF ACHIEVING MY AIM BY APPOINTING YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO MR.MUSTAPHA AS WELL AS TRANSFER THE US$28.8,000,000.00 ABROAD FOR US TO SHARE. I WILL USE AN ATTORNEY WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY TO EXECUTE SERIES OF AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF YOUR CLAIM INCLUDING CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN OF THE MONEY, LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION WHICH EMPOWERS YOU AS THE SOLE TRUSTEE /EXECUTOR TO THE ESTATE OF MUSTAPHA. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN ANY TRANSFER DOCUMENT AS THE APPOINTED ATTORNEY WILL DO ALL THAT. IF YOU AGREE TO ACT AS THE NEXT OF KIN/BENEFICIARY TO ENABLE ME TRANSFER/CONVERT THE MONEY TO OUR OWN BENEFIT/USE.I WILL GIVE YOU 30% OF US$28.8M,60% WILL BE FOR ME WHILE 10% WILL BE TO TAKE OF ALL UNFORESEEN EXPENSES AS WE MAY INCURE IN THE COURSE OF CONCLUDING THIS TRANSACTION.

I AM URGENTLY WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.




BEST REGARDS.



MR.ABDUL SAHEED.


Email: saheed@mailgate.ru



- abdulsah sahed


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