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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: GEORGE OSITA <georgeosita22@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 08:05:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: FROM:MrGEORGE OSITA>>


FROM:Mr GEORGE OSITA,
Telephone :+234-8028-637-736.
Standard Trust Bank Plc
Lagos Nigeria.

Dearest,
I am an Accountant with STANDARD TRUST BANK(STB),My name is Mr GEORGE OSITA. I am the personal Account Manager to the Late citizen of your country who used to work with an Oil Development company in Nigeria.NNPC (NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLUEM COMPNAY) Here in after shall be referred to as my client On June 21, 2003, my client, his wife, and their three children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu express way. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this is also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,i have to contact you through the internet to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged, particularly the STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC. Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($15 million u
s dollars),the bank has Issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($15 million u s dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money,60% to me and 40% to you.An attorney will be contacted to help revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you. from any breach of the law.

Try to contact my private email address: georgeosita@walla.com
Best regards
Mr GEORGE OSITA
(External Auditor Accountant)




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