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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: linda ahmed <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:53:21 +0000
Subject: This is your friend Ms Linda.

Dearest one,

Compliments of the season and how are you today I hope you are fine. Before i proceed i would like to introduce my self to you. My name is Ms Linda Ahmed, a staff in accounts/ operation department in a Bank here in ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE(FOMER IVORY COAST). I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I got your contact from ( world business directory) and i hope you will be interested in this business.

On June 6 2001, An oil consultant / contractor with the ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE National Petrolum Corporation, Mr John Hart, made a numbered time (fixed) deposited for twelve calendar valued at US$8,000,000.00 ( Eight Million united states dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contact employers COTE D'IVOIRE National Petroleum corporation that Mr John Hart, died in a plane crash with his entire family.

On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr John Hart, did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of US$8,000,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it.
According to the ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the COTE D'IVOIRE Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr John Hart, so that the fruits of this old mans labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

This is simple. I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin to this fixed deposit. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk as all the paper work for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as a staff of this department, guarantees the successful execution of this deal.

Kindly reply immediately on this my private email address below or up. Upon your response, I shall then give you more details which will help you to understand the deal very well. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Best regards,
Ms Linda Ahmed.
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