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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 12:30:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Your Urgent Responce Needed..

Dear Friend

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into a relationship with you, I got your contact from a foreigners guest book in my earnest search for a reliable and God's fearing person whom I can entrust,not only that,but to have you as a good friend.When I got your email I was motivated to go down on my kness and prayed over it,later I was convinced by my instict to mail you.

I am MISS JENIFER ABBOT, the only daughter of CHIEF and MRS ANITA JOHNSON ABBOT, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in Lome, The economic capital of Togo before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business trip.

When my mother died on the 21st october 1984,My father took me so special because I am motherless,Before the death of my father on 29th of march 2002 in a private hospital(CABINET MEDICAL PELAGIE) here in Lome, He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has a sum of us$18.700,000 left in a suspence account in a bank here in lome,That he used my name as the next of kin in deposit of the fund.

He also explain to me That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose especial in the area of real estate management.

I have already since contacted this bank with regards to this deposit in my name and my intending plan to retransfer the money abroad for investment. The bank managment made me to understand that the transfer can be done oline upon my request.
Dear,I am honourablly seeking your assistance in the following ways

(.1)To help me to transfer this fund from the
bank here to your account in your country

(2.)To serve as guardian of this fund since I am a girl of 22 years,

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education.

Moreover,I am willing to offer you a handsome percentage of the total said amount, but I don't have to run into conclusion without our agreement.I think you have to mail me stating your wish and idea Furthermore,I will be sending to you my Pictures including every DOCUMENTS ascertained from the bank when the money was deposited by my Late Father.

You can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven working days I will be anticipating to hear from you soonest.Please you are advice to reply
this mail as soon as possible.

Thanks and God bless you.

Sincerely yours

58/60 Felix Biogny

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