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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: "Desmond Eyadema" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 19:40:24 +0000
Subject: Respond to your mail.

Dear sir,

Is my pleasure for writing you this letter, hope you are fine? I want to use
this opportunity to introduce myself well to you, I am Desmond Gnassinbge
Eyadema the Ex Late President son of Togo, I call you in respect of my
consignment box in NEW YORK, which I want you to assist me and stand as my
foreign beneficiary to receive my fund over there in America, this fund am
writing you about is $12.5million U.S.Dollars which my late father deposited
under Ghana High Commission for I and my mother, this consignment has been
in NEW YORK for the pass three days now, My foreign partner Mr. Johnson
Ascott who was suppose to receive this consignment in NEW YORK, was
demanding for 50% which I and my mother did not agree on for any reason,
that was why we have to stop the delivery to him immediately, and search for
another Beneficiary who can help us on this, through my searching I got your
contact from the Ministry of Chambers and Commerce, that is why I am
contacting you to assist us on this.

I will give you 20% for the total fund involve for your assistance,because
that was the former agreement we have with our foreign partner. Mr steve
johnson before he later change is mind because of his greed that is why i
my mother put a stop to the delivery to him , and this is the contact
information's of the Diplomat in charge of my consignment in NEW YORK, his
name is Mr.James Benjamin, after then I want you to call the Director of the
Ghana High Commission, his name is Dr.Paul Adams, please call him as soon as
you receive this mail, because that was where the consignment left from to
NEW YORK, and you will send to me this information require like your
passport photograph, your home address, including your telephone number and
your fax, for verification and delivery purpose, and please get back to me
as soon as you receive this mail for more detail.

Thanks and God Bless
Yours Sincere
Desmond G.Eyadema.


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