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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: "From Mr Stephen kone" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:59:35 +0200
Subject: From Mr Stephen kone

I am sorry to come to you in this way, i come across you and my spirit lead me to chose you. well i realy needed someone honest, truthful to share my fellings
with and to share burden with and will lead me to introduced my self to you.i am Stephen Kone the only son of late mr Walter Kone . my father was a very wealthy cocoa marchant base in Freetown the economic capital of Sierra leone before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on the business. when my mother died on th 15th december 2000, my father took me so special because i was motherless before the death of my father on 25th june 2003 in a private hospital here in Freetown he secretly called me on the beside and told me that he has a sum of 7.600,000 million dollars,which was deposited at in a finance company ,
he told me that he use my name as his only son and the person that will inherit the deposited fund. he also explained to me that it was of this wealth that he poisoned by his business associates.that i should seek for a foreign patner in the country of my chioce where i will transfer this money for and use it for investment purpose ,now i am honourably seeking your assistance in the fellowing area.
( 1) to provide a bank account where this money will be transfered
(2)to serve as the guardian of this fund since i am a boy of 24 years
( 3) to make arrengement for me to come over to your country after the money has been transfered to your account.
moreover ,i am willing to offer you 20%of the total sum as compensation for your effor/input after the succesful transfer of the fund to your normination account oversea. furthermore you can indicate your option towards assisting me as i believe that this
transaction would be concluded withing seven days( 7) you signify your interest to assist me. i will you to give me your Full contact like.
Anticipating to hear from you soon
thanks and GOD bless .

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