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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: "Dr. Maan William Monroe" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 18:47:20 +0000
Subject: REPLY

Good Day,My name is Dr Mann William Monroe, a staff in the Private ClientsSection of an well-known bank, here in London, England. One of ouraccounts,withholding balance of £15,000,00 (Fifteen Million PoundsSterling)has been dormant and last operated three years ago. From myinvestigations and confirmation,the owner of the said account, aforeigner by name JohnShumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in aplane crash in Birmingham;you can viewthis CNN website details on the crash.Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of thismoney,as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to theexistence of either the account or the funds; and also Informationfrom the National Immigration also states that he was single onentry into the UK.I have decided to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with.Itherefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the nextof kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to youafter necessary processes have been followed.This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund islegitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry,terrorism or any other illegal act.On your interest, let me hear from you URGENTLY.Best Regards,Dr Mann William MonroeSenior Account Officer+447045763876

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