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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: "david roberts" <d_ro572@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: david_robert1@canada.com
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:56:57 +0200
Subject: URGENT AND REPLY($30m USD TRANSFER)

FROM:Mr.DAVID ROBERTS
#24 garden Avenue
Sungu Johannesburg
Rep Of South Africa.
ALTERNATIVE  EMAIL:david_robert2@canada.com

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.David Roberts. a consulting auditor of prime banks here in South Africa. I have the courage to Crave indulgence for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the future.

Some year ago, an American Mining consultant/ contractor with the South African Mining corporation, made a numbered time (fixed)deposit for twelve calendar months, valued $30M.USD (THIRTY MILLION US DOLLARS) in an account. On maturity, The bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
 
After a month, The bank sent another reminder and finally his contract employers, the South African Mining corporation wrote to inform the bank that he died without MAKING A WILL, and all attempts by the American Embassy to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
 
I therefore, made further investigation and discovered that the beneficiary was an immigrant from Jamaica and only recently obtained American citizenship.
 
He did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank deposit paper work.

This money total amount$30M.USD (THIRTY MILLION US DOLLARS)is still sitting in my bank as dormant Account.No one will ever come forward to claim it, and according to South African banking policy, after some years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if the account owner is certified dead.

This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in as the next of kin to beneficiary, and OPEN a Bank Account abroad to facilitate the transfer of this money.
 
This is simple, all you have to do is to OPEN an account anywhere in the world and send me its detail for me to arrange the proper money transfer paperwork, and facilitate the transfer.The money will then be paid into this Account for us to share in the ratio of 75% for me, 20 % for you and 5% for expenses that might come up during transfer process.
 
There is no risk at all, and all the paper work for this transaction will be done by me using my position and connections in the banks in South Africa.

This business transaction is guaranteed.And the first phase of the transfer will be ($21m.USD)  TWENTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS as advised by our insider in the bank.If you are interested, please reply immediately through my personal email sending the following details:

(1) Your Full Name/Address......................................................................

(2) Your Private Telephone/fax Number...................................................

(3)Your Address......................................................................................


THEN IMMEDIATELY YOU SEND ALL THIS INFORMATION REQUIRED, I SHALL OBTIAN WITH THE LAWYER HELPING AND ASSISTANCE US HERE AN AFFIDAVIT OF CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP ACCOUNT TO YOUR NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED MAN.
 
THE DECEASE PERSON DIED WITHOUT ANY{WILLS},YOU ARE STAND NOW AS THE OWNER OF THE MONEY/ASSET . I SHALL GIVE YOU THE DECEASED MAN NAME AS WE PROGRESS, THAT IS THE SECRET OF THIS TRANSACTION;

Please observe the utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest some of my share in your country.

Best Regards,
Mr.David Roberts


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