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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: prince chika <princechika612@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <prince.chika2@yahoo.dk>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 01:04:41 +0100
Subject: YOUR REPLY IS URGENTLY NEEDED




From: Prince ChikaACCOUNTANT, INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC 38 CREEK ROAD, APAPA LAGOS STATE-NIGERIA Dear Friend,Permit me to introduce myself, my name is Prince Chika , I work with Intercontinental Bank Plc as an Accountant. In the discharge of my duty, I came on this domiciliary account that has remained dormant for some years now with our bank valued the sum of US$16, 850.00 (Sixteen Million, Eight Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars) I made some enquiries and discovered that the account holder died on the 31 of July 2000 with his wife and their two Children died in the Air France concord plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stmI am writing you so that we can work together to remit the money to you as the next of kin because this money belong to a foreigner and has to be claim by a foreigner. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by the deceased before they get declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge Deposit was lodged. The Bank has issued me a notice as the Accountant to the Deceased to provide the Next of Kin or have the fund declared as an UNCLAIMED FUND within the Next 15 official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 6 years now that I have been searching. I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you are a foreigner like him so that the proceeds of this Bank Account can be paid out in your favor. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will rotect you from any breach of law. I guarantee this transaction under a legitimate arrangement that will not breach the law by both parties; it is simple process which will take a short while to process. I have all the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up any claim we are going to make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following; 1. Your Full Names and Address. 2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers. These requirements will enable us file a letter of claim to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals in your favour before the transfer can be made. You will be compensated with 35% of the total fund on final conclusion of this project, while the rest shall be for me. Your share stays with you while the rest shall be for us for investment purposes in your country. I wait for your urgent reply so that we can proceed with the proper documentation of the transfer to your favour through legal processes. Best Regards,Prince ChikaPlease, contact me on this email: prince.chika2@yahoo.dkMy telephone number + 234 80 62790954 .
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