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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: werst shane <werstshane@aim.com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 16:54:41 +0200
Subject: FROM WERST SHANE JNR(BORN AGAIN)


Atten;Sir/Madam,
I want to confide in your confidence in words i am about to let you know and I have the great believe that my reason to write you this letter will be see as act of justice to humanitarian ground,be born again and will be given a genuine approval,before i proceed further,i would wish to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you .

I am Mr.Werst Shane (Jnr). I am writing to inform you of my desire. I am the first son of Mr.Rolex Shane, my father was a Pastor with GLORIOUS BIBLE CHURCH OF GOD, before he met his untimely death,My father had a bullet shot by the rebels on his way travelling out of my mother's land or country with one of my younger sister due to present crisis that is occurring in my mother's country (Liberia) My sister died on the spot while UN peace keepers rescued my father, and he was taken to hospital for medical treatment,then he was later Flew to Europe for further treatment, were he later died. Before his death, he revealed to me to turn to a born again Christian,But i was not born again then i pay deaf ear to his revelation to me.

Then I work with Pinnacle Merchant Bank in My mother's Country Liberia,I was the foreigner Remittance manager,so i use that medium to transfer a deceased Fund,Seven million five hundred thousand Dollars($7.5m) to Reliable Finance and Mortgage Firm in Europe,so when my Father was Flew to Europe for medical treatment,i use that means to follow him.One day I was touch with the word of GOD,Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages Organisation, widows,propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained,The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.

Presently Iam,seeking political assylum in Europe to use this means to notify the Finance and Mortgage Firm for the claims, and i am staying in the refugee camp.For your mutual assistance in actualizing this aims and objectives, I have agreed to give the money to the church or able body organisation, With God all things are possible,depend on your response.

All the vital documents covering the deposit and the ownership are intact,which will be sent to you on your notifying us of your willingness to assist.
Well if possible send to me your direct contact telephone number.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Best regards,
Mr.Werst Shane
Email Address:werstshane2006@yahoo.com

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