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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: "jeremaih"<>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 11:49:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Jerry Edward Guei

FromJeremiah Edward

Abidjan,Cote d'ivoireWest Africa.

Dearest one,

I am introducing my self as Jeremiah Edward, the only son of late Chief and Mrs Patrick Edward, I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction. I got your contact through my search in your country for a trust worthy individual via the Google web service who will help me and my junior sister Mary edward in securing our late fathers money for investments overseas, And I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.I have Fifteen million Five Houndred Thousand United States Dollars.USD($15.500,000.00) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in receiving the funds in your personal/company account for investment, I will be gladly to give you 10% of the total sum for your assistance.

Awaiting your immediate response Thanks and God bless.Best RegardsJeremiah Edward

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