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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: "james" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 19:21:53 -0400 (EDT)

Hello! Friend,I am Hon. James Duodu,a ghanaian.I am a member of the ghana chambers of commerce and industry, i am priviledge to request for your assistance to transfer the sum of $3,800,000.00 (three million eight hundred thousand united states dollars) into your account.The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contracts, already executed commissioned and paid for about four (4) years ago by a foreign contractor.However this action was intentional and since then the fund has been in a suspense account in one of the bank, in account called escrow account. I am now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where u come in. Now the main reason why i contacted you is for you to received this fund on my behalf, because;(A.) We are not allow to operate on foreign account transfer transactions, while in service.(B.)We cannot establish foreign project while on duty post, unless after our resignation or retirement from government service. So what i want you to do is, i
will release the contact of the bank, including the account informations, for you to contact the bank directly for the release and transfer of the money into your own bank account.After your reply, i will write an application letter, and send it to you, to forward it to the bank address which i will give you, very simple, there is no risk or problem in this, i assured you, so many people who was working here as the head of this organization has done this and some resigned, some re-tired.I will be ready to send you my international passport and bank identity card through email attachment for identification, as soon as i hear from you.Note for your effort in this, you will have 20% = $760,000.00 (seven hundred and sixty thousand united states dollars)as your benefit. As soon as you confirmed that the money is in your account, if bank approved the application, it will take less than eight working days to concluded this.Note, that you will not let any bank officials here know
that i am the one given you these information, as soon as you received themoney, i will get can also reach me with this my private email address below.jamesdu01@yahoo.comThis is what i only need from you now;(1) Your full name.............................(2) Phone, fax or mobile #.....................(3) residential Address and age................(4) Nationality &amp; present location............(5) international passport/drivers liciense......Thank you for regardsHon.james duodu

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