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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 COREY ZACHARY <coreyzachary16@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: mrcoreyzachary@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 03:46:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Let me hear from you soonest...


Hello Dear,

I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However, this correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such.

At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free to both parties. IN ORDER TO TRANSFER OUT (FIFTEEN MILLION POUNDS STERLINGS) FROM OUR BANK HERE IN SCOTLAND LONDON.

THE FUND FOR TRANSFER IS OF CLEAN ORIGIN. THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT IS A FOREIGNER, a program leader who was believed to acquire the fund through his secret Crude Oil deal with the Former IRAQI Government.The deceased died with all the members of his family in an auto-accident in February 14, 2005, without a WILL. The amount involved is [15, 000, 000.00 POUNDS STERLINGS]. I WANT TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO A SAFE FOREIGN ACCOUNT ABROAD BUT I DON'T KNOW ANY FOREIGNER WHOM I CAN TRUST, I KNOW THAT THIS MESSAGE WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE AS WE DON'T KNOW OURSELVES BEFORE, BUT BE SURE THAT IT IS REAL AND A GENUINE BUSINESS.

I CONTACT YOU BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NOT LET ME DOWN ONCE THE FUND GOES INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.KINDLY CONTACT ME ONWARDS THROUGH MY PERSONAL PRIVATE

PHONE: +44-703-183-4622
FAX : +44-(0)177-611-4947
EMAIL: mrcoreyzachary@hotmail.co.uk

Let me hear from you,

Regards,

Mr. Corey Zachary.



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