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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: "Kofi Dankwa" <cotonou8@hotmail.co.uk>
Reply-To: kofidankwa13@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:44:14 +0100
Subject: How are you today

Dear Sir/Madam

I am Kofi Dankwa an accountant with CONTINENTAL BANK- HERE IN BENIN and
the account manager of a customer who died in car accident 2000 in
Porto-Novo. He did not open the account in our bank with his real name
as he was a government contractor.
I further discovered that the next of kin to the account died in the fatal
accident .
The balance in the account is to the tune of US$14.750M less interest as the
account has gone dormant.

I am contacting you because I have a firm knowledge of our bank policy on
the administration of estate and the inheritance laws here. As a foreigner,
if I furnish you with an inside classified information on the account, as I
have access and aid you to secure the relevant administrative requirements
, will you apply for the withdrawal of the deposit? and the bank will
approve it immediately and the account balance will be transferred to your
norminated account.

I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other
investments. The management is ready to approve this payment to any
foreigner who has the correct information of this account, which I will
provide for you.

Your share will be 30% of the fund while I take 60% We will set aside 10%
for charity donations.

Am waiting for your urgent reply and call please.

May God Be With You.
DR Kofi Dankwa
+229-95426-211

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