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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: joyce nguessan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 00:26:30 +0100
Subject: Dearest One,

Dearest One, May the Almighty God bless you and your family,please I have a problem and needs your help,I have decided that it good a thing to write you for help. I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am in a state of delima and your mail and my spirit pushed me to send you mail and i am very happy if i could hear from you, I am mrs joyce nguessan, 35years old the wife of late Mr. Passca nguessan My husband was a highly reputable business magnet (a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in Cote d‘ iviore during one of his business trips abroad sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been master minded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! Before his death he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of eighteen million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars. (USD$18.700,000) left in one of the leading security company. He further told him that he deposited the money in my name, and finally issued a written instruction to his uncle whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to this money and the security company .I really don‘t know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my husband actually brought sorrow to my life. I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:- 1. Can I completely trust you? 2. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money have being ship to your conutry? Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you so much. May peace of the lord be with you and your family. Best regards, Mrs joyce Nguessan
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