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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: sankara abbe <sankara_abbe1@yahoo.co.in>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:37:12 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL


FROM: MR SANKARA ABBE
TEL: 27- 83-4937-186
Email: sankara_abbe1@yahoo.co.in
COMPANY: DEPARTMENT OF WORKS & HOUSING
ADDRESS: 189 INDUSTRIAL AREA, UNION BUILDING
JOHANNESBURG South Africa
ATT: CHAIRMAN|MD|CEO

Sir Madam, INVESTMENT PROPOSAL

I write this proposal to intimate you about investment project we want to invest with you in your Country Anywhere provided that you are a Man &Woman of good omen. Actually, we know that you will be surprise to receive this proposal from us in sense that you did not know us from the beginning and how my colleagues and me got your personal contact

However , I am MR SANKARA ABBE, General Accountant with Department of Works & Housing South Africa we received your contact information from your Country Trade and Industry Johannesburg though we did not disclose our business intention to them rather we decided to contact you directly and to inform you about this deal base on your executive profile and business opportunity in your Country .

My colleagues and I after our due deliberation and consideration , we decided to contact you and choose you as our co-investor to invest the sum of Forty Million United States Dollars {US$40MILLION} we have into our possession that is in Government Suspend Account {RESERVE BANK} as over invoice {surplus} amount that happen due to a contract awarded to Bulgaria Company for construction and Re-construction of Shopping Malls in our cities.

Then according to agreement between Africa Countries and World Bank I international Monetary Fund {IMF} and Paris club service to pay all foreign contractors their contract fun (Money) with immediate effect. We now seek for your assistance to champion this over-invoice of US$40MILLION into your nominated bank account as the right beneficiary of this fund.
Subjected to our proposal we need you to furnish /make available the following details:- Company details private telephone and fax number plus Bank Details,

which will help us have claim on this fund. On the acceptance of this deal we have agreed to offer you 35% of the total fund for your assistance 5% is for expenses made by both parties while 60% of the total fund is for our investment in your Country or elsewhere with you.
Further to this deal/transaction we assure and guarantee genuine and proper documentation of this fund on your behalf as soon as you furnish you’re above details and ready to show your capability to champion this deal. We request from you genuine assistance goodwill and confidentiality until the deal is over.
Finally I will be with you in your Country immediately your banker confirms the remittance all right .

NOTE; please kindly hurry up and make those details available via Email Address; sankara_abbe1@yahoo.co.in urgently to me we will detail you more on how this deal will take place we thank you for your best interest and understanding into this deal.
Thanks

With best regard

MR SANKARA ABBE




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