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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: zolane adams <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 13:21:26 +0100 (BST)

Add: 16 Cantion Centra Cnr Bree
Phone/Fax: 0027-83-9490456
Republic of South Africa
Attn: The Manager/Director.
I Know that this letter may beat your Imagination as we have no previous correspondence. My name is MR. ZOLANE ADAMS the son of a late Sierra Leonian Businessman Late ENG. ANDY ADAMS the owner of (RMS) Mining Company in Sierra Leon who died last year when the Revolutionary United Front Rebels (R.U.F) attacked our residence in Makeni Sierra Leon.

Following the Cease Fire Agreement which was reach last year with the
help of United Nation Peace Keeping Troops in my country, I used the opportunity to leave the country with a very important Document of late father's Company and Investments amounted US$ ((TWENTY-Five Million United States Dollars) which was deposited by my late father in the Security Company in South Africa under my name. This money was realised from Diamond Export sells as my late father owns the Mining Company. Now I and my mother and my other Two younger Sisters seek for Asylum (REFUGEE) in South Africa under (United Nations). I got your contact from the Internet and I confirmed your country as being Economic Conducive for Investment Establishment as her People are transparent and Trustworthy to engage in a Business Relationship with hence my reasons for writing you this letter is only for the transferring of this money as mentioned above under Joint Partnership Business Establishment in your country on your help and assistance

However this money in question has been in the Security Company since the death of my father but my main problem now is that at my age of 25 also as a REFUGEE here, I am confused on how to handle this transfer of money under this business and also what to do with it as I don't have anyone to confide in here South Africa. May I use this Medium to request from you if you will be disposed enough to help me transfer this money with your account in your country or any other place of your choice that will have more Security to invest this money after transferred with you.

I have meet the security company with all the depositary documents to confirm this money that my father left behind, of which my name appears as the "Next of Kin" in the Security Company as the Owner of this money waits my retrieval of the money as I am even afraid of disclosing the content of teh Box to them since my father in his letter had warned me against that.

So if you are keen interested of helping us write back immediately so that we can give every detail about this transaction, but be rest assured that 25% of this money will be given to you ,5% have been mapped for every expenses made during this course and 70% will be used to establish an investment in

your country,

Yours faithfully,


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