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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: ali jubril <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 11:00:34 +0100

Dear Partner, Good-day! I contacted you for us to benefit together in a once in a lifetime opportunity. This transaction I am about to describe is risk free and I have all the information that will prove you the beneficiary of this fund, so feel free to carry on this project with me. I will be instructing you on what to do for you not to make any mistake. It has come to be very necessary I educate you a bit on the next of kinship as attainable in the banking policy and globally at large. You see, next of kinship is not limited to relations of the deceased, nor is it confided to the circuit of parental relationship, rather it is by choice of the benefactor as regards to whom he wish to will it be (beneficiary) either normally by written up, informally by secret information disclosure to beneficiary be him/her business Partner, relation, kinsmen, friends or well wishers.Therefore by virtue of the above stated, you can claim to be the next of kin of the deceased. Straight to the point, this transaction is risk free and on your side you will be maintaining absolutely all the information regarding this transaction secret through out the duration of this project, normally you will be responding like a true next of kin who wish to speed up the release and transfer of his late Cousin's money. I will portray you the beneficiary next of kin to the deceased customer and relay to you all relevant information required to put claim over this money as the procedure requires when the need arise. If you agree, for nominating an account to be used for this purpose and any other assistance financially which you might be required to give in that regard, I will offer you 40% of the sum and 50% will be for me, while 10% will be used to defray all expenses both of us may incurred in the process of the transfer. I am expecting your immediate response concerning the above given information. Please send to me your photo for my perusal. This transaction needs constant communication for us to meet-up with the bank procedures without delay. I am a banker and with my banking experience in banking field I know what it entiles for us to have this funds transfer into your account for our betterment. I have gone through the deceased secret file and their is no beneficiary (next-of-kin), for us to have this funds you have to draft a claim request letter to the bank and the bank will verify your request, I know that the bank will approve the transfer provided that we provide the necessary beneficiary claim request certificates as our banking regulations, we have to obtains these certificates legally in your name from the Ministries involves and present to the bank. I will not fail to inform you that this transaction will cost us some money and as a banker I will not fail to inform you that this project must follow legal modalities to avoid any query from your country or elsewhere. We have to provide a resident attorney here who will do the necessary requirements on your behalf or you come to Burkina Faso my country in person to do the requirement and have this fund cash. This is an opportunity that we can not leave by, it's my life and hope of better life of establishing in your country. I will be in your country for establishing in any lucrative business with your directives with my own share of the fund. Please you must keep this transaction secret, it's confidential and to remind you ,I got yourcontact through personal endeavours on the internet. My next is the deceased inheritance funds claim request letter, which you have to include your account information and send to the bank, enabling the bank know that you have applied for the claim. Furthermore, for us to proceed on this project I will send you the deceased inheritance funds claim request letter in my next mail, which you have to include your account information and send to the bank enabling the bank knows that someone have come-up for the claim. I will also look for the contact of a resident attorney for you to contact him, he will represent you on your behalf here, he will be the one to meet with the bank in person and also move to the Ministries involves to obtain the necessary documents and submit to the bank, these documents must be obtained legally in your name which proves you the beneficiary (next of kin) to this deposited funds. Please make sure that your account information is correct to avoid these funds to be transfer to unknown account. You have to send the mail to the bank fast. This is my life and hope of survival for my family. I wish to let you know that if only you'll meet-up with the bank procedures without delay, you'll confirm these funds into your destination bank account before 14bank working days. I waits your soonest mail for us to proceed further whenever you go through this mail and ready to carry on this project with me. I want you to forward to me the following; Your name:Your address:Country:Profession:Phone and fax numbers:Age: Thanks and have a nice day!Mr Ali.
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