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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: John Mark <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 09:31:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attn : Suzie, Details And Acknowledgement. Reminder!!!

Dear Suzie,

How are you today? I really appreciate your mail and your promise to help, i am greatful at the same very sorry for replying a bit late because i was with my mother in the hospital for few days now as a result of her illness,because she is a hypatensive patient.

I quite understood, you do not speak english language, but i can understood what you wrote so there is no problem in as much as we can understand ourself.

then going by your question as regards to its reality.It is real and legal, there is no risk involve because this money is never own by any government, organisation or individual rather my late father's money which i legally inheritated after his death. For that reason there is nothing to worry about as long as this money is concern, for there is every legal documents backing the deposite of the money as personal effects / artifact by my late father.

Already i have discaused your reply with my mother though she is not quite healthy (she is hypatensive patient). She has given me go ahead to communite you on what we need to do to settle with the security company for it's retrievment. Personally i am very happy you have promised to assist me, we are now counting on you. I will need your full name,your occupation, your age,your marital status,your telephone and fax numbers and your address as to enable us aply for the change of ownership to your name from the security company and also to establish to the security company that you are my late father's foreign business partner who want the consignment released for your collection so that the ownership of the consignment can be change to your name.

Meanwhile i look forward to read your reply and if you have any question ask. Have a nice day

Best regards,
John Mark.

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