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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: "Mr Antonio Gomes" <gomes_anthonio@walla.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 10:24:34 +0100
Subject: From Mr Antonio Gomes

Dear

I would have call you on your telephone to discuses this business confidentially with you both i thought it was wise i send you an email Firstly for your information.

My name is Mr Antonio Gomes , the General Manager of a Trust Vault Security Company. I have the pleasure of writing this letter to you in strict confidence, I decided to contact you after due consideration believing that you will not disappoint me over this project.
I have been working with this Company for over ten [10] years. Within this period, I have watched with meticulous precision how African Leaders and Government Functionaries have been using this company to move out large sums of Money in USD$, Pounds Sterling, French Francs to their Foreign Partners. They deposit these funds with us secretly as Jewelries, Gold, Diamonds, Precious Stones, Family Treasures and Documents Etc.

They send the funds to their foreign Partners/friends who claim these funds for their personal investment. A lot of the funds have been here unclaimed for over ten [10] years and most of the depositors are dead. I am contacting you to solicit your cooperation to recover some of this wealth they left behind, My idea here is that the two of us will share the funds or Use it For an investment and become Partners , in any agreed ratio, because I need you to claim the fund.I have personally wanted this to be a deal within the both of us, I will move the funds legally so that no questions, or suspicions will be raised anywhere, I therefore earnestly solicit your sincere cooperation in this matter.

I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement, which will not involve any breach of international/local laws. It is risk free, and there will be no problem as a result of the transaction. I look forward to receiving your urgent/positive response to this offer, you can as well send across to me your personal mobile telephone number.
For your assistance and interest,
Kindly contact me personally at the email address here For an agreement .

contract.mail to: info_gomes7net@yahoo.com.vn <mailto:info_gomes7net@yahoo.com.vn>
Tel:0022508564252
Cordially,
Mr Antonio Gomes
(General Manager)


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