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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: "VERONICA FRANKLIN" <verofranklin2@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: verofranklin10@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 21:35:08 +0000
Subject: PLEASE BE SINCERE TO ME

Hello Dear,
I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we havenot known or met ourselves previously I am asking for your assistance after I have gone through a profile that speaks good of you. I am sorry about the miss-up in registration.I want to find out if it's possible for you to deal with individual as to investment. I came across your profile and I feel it's highly reputable that is why I pick an interest getting across to you in respect of investment at my disposal .
I will be so glad if you can allow me and lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my situation now.I will make my proposal well known if Iam given the opportunity. I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you. Well I am (VERONIkA FRANKLIN,) the only daughter of Mr. Mbokeh Franklin, a diamond dealer from KENEMA in Sierra Leone. My father is now late,he died some months back during the last and past crisis in my country(Sierra Leone). He was Killed by the rebels for refusing to join and sponsor them.
The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek your assistance in the area of my future investment and also for a help hand over some huge amount of money in my possession. This money (US$11.7 Million) is deposited in a secuirty and finance company in Abroad some years ago by my father and he made me the sole beneficiary. I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to claim the deposit from the security Finance company and assist me on investing it as well in your country.
I have made up my mind to offer you 25% of the total money and also map out 10%for any expensive that will be made during the transaction while the remaining will go into a productive investment.As I have mention earlier I will make the procedure to this issue to be well know to you,if I am given the opportunity to do so. Pls attach your direct and full information as you reply to me .

Thanks and remain bless
Veronika Franklin.


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