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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: Hajia Khabai <hajia_khabai@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <boa_staff@latinmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:44:47 +0000
Subject: Please Reply Immediatly



Hello Dear,
I am Hajia Maimouna Khabai, I am a widow being that I lost my husband, my husband was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board until his death.
He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising, before his death he made a deposit of Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand USA Dollars ($2,500,000) here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in one of the Security Company here in the central capital city, he intended buying some Cocoa processing Machines with this fund.
I now therefore, want you to help me for us to retreive this fund immediatly from the Security Company where it is been deposited, and then transfer it directly to your own bank account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary and recipient of the fund which we will use for our joint life investment in your country.
I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production.
This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me and that of my only DAULTHER,Ms Ramatou Khabai, kindly indicate your interest by replying urgently.
Thanks and best regards .
Hajia Maimouna Khabai.
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