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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: "franklin onyeama" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 05:48:11 +0100

Mail From Franklin  Onyeama
Auditor with  First Atlantic Bank in Ghana
Contact :
Dear Sir,
In order to transfer out (thirty Million US Dollars)
from our bank here in Ghana the owner of this account
is  Mr.Choi, Soohyun  foreigner and the manager of
petrol chemical service here in Ghana, A chemical engineer by
proffession and he died since August 6, 1997 in air crash.
The air crash website is below:
The amount involved is (30,000,000.00) United States Dollars.
I want to transfer this money into a safe foreign account
abroad but I don't know any foreigner, I know
that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't
know ourselves before, But be sure that it is real and a genuine
business. I believe in God that you will never let me down in this
Your full contact information phone and fax number, Name will be
necessary for
this effect. Hope to hear from you soonest.
Franklin  Onyeama.
Contact me here

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