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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: "Rose Laminu" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 11:58:11 +0200

Hello My Dear,
Good a thing to write you. I have a proposal for you. The following information is my purpose for seeking a God fearing, sincere and trust-worthy foreign business partner who will please take me as his own and act on my behalf.
I am miss Rose laminu Mendy, the only dougther of Laminu Mendy (The managing director of oil company. he died in sudan during the war Then, i managed to escape for my dear life and ran another country, (DAKAR) the capital of (SENEGAL) where my father's wealth is.
Before my father died he made his final WILL and i am the beneficiary of his WILL. In accordance with paragraph 9(ii) of his last Testamentary Disposition as directed by him, my daddy made me his Next of Kin to the sum of USD$ 9.7 Million in his Domicilary USDollar account with citi bank of senegal. Now my dear, this information i revealed to you is my life, and i beleive you will never betray me This is as regards the distribution of all sums standing in his name in his USD Savings and Current Account with Islamic Regional trust bank PLC dakar senegal So 1 need your assistance to help me claim and transfer this money into your company or private bank account in your country and as soon as( IRTB)bank transfers the money into your bank account, Upon the declaration of your interest i will email you with the contact information of the International Remittance Department of the Islamic bank of senegal, and provide you with any necessary document needed for you to claim the money on my b
ehalf. the documents are with me here.You can as well reached me with this email ( <>)
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question.
Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as
sincerely regards
Rose Laminu.

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