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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: "AKOZ WHITE" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 09:20:58 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY TO YOU!!!

* [image: The Arms of the Government of Nigeria] *
* *
*From The desk of
Barrister Akoz White And
Akoz Associates
Address:#56 Governor Avenue
western Road **Apapa
**Lagos - Nigeria**.


*Attention Sir,*

*I am BARRISTER AKOZ WHITE The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) , A legal
practitioner, I am the personal attorney to Mr Williams Brown, A nationale
of your country, who used to work with **Chevron** limited,here in **Nigeria
**. Sunday, October 23, 2005, my client,his wife and their three children
were involved in Plane crash with Bellview airline here in my country. My
client and his family unfortunately lost there lives.



Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to do some research in the
internet, to locate any member of his family. That is why I contacted
you,and the reason why i contacted you is to assist me in repatriating the
money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged
where my client deposited US$38million dollars. *

*The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
Account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have
been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over now I seek your
consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$38million dollars can be transferred
to your account there in your country, then you and me can share the money.

I have all necessary legal documents that back up the claim we may make.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please indicate your
readiness to assist me,so that all the informations about this funds will be
passed to you immediately.*

*You should send to me your full names and your private telephone numbers
for easy communications your age your country your sex and your occupation
.And also assure me of your trust and remember that the trust in business is

So let it be only between me and you.If you give me your full co-operation
and this transaction is properly executed,I am prepared to give you 45% of
the total sum for your kind assistance.45% will be for me and 10% percent
will be for any expences we may incure along in this transaction.Please get
in touch with me by my private email above to enable us discuss further.
Thank you very much for your understanding.

Best Regards,*

Barrister Akoz White.*

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