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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: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:24:04 +0200
Subject: ENDEAVOUR TO REACH ME


Atten;Please,

Endeavour to let me know you for this discussion i am about to tell you
I want to let you know,the truth about me here and i do work with John
Zuma,interim president of South Africa,who conduct the Election before
thambo Mbeki became president of south Africa,so i had to bring some
huge sum of amount through diplomatic cargo to Europe,so this money
are all coloured to avoid suspicious and to arrive Europe safely so that
it can pass through verification computer in the airport and South Africa
embassy in Europe,now i want some one,who can assist me to get the
Flouride flourishing Chemicals to wash the Money into really Euro,The
total sum of the money in there is Six million,one hundred thousand
Euro(€6.1m)of which you can come down here to see things your self,
face to face.We can negotiate on your percentage,Before or After the
transaction.Well if possible send to me your direct contact telephone
number to reach you
Awaiting tyour response soon.
Mr.Werst Shane
Email Address:werstshane@aim.com


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