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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: michael udemezuo <>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 22:55:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent Transfer Needed.

We write to solicit your assistance to transfer our funds and relocate to your country. Briefly, We are Michael & Mureen Udemezuo a citizen of Sierra Leone in West Africa. We are in position of a large amount of money in cash. (US 7,500,000.00 ,Seven Million five hundred thousand US Dollars). The
money was inherited from our late father who was the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Gold Mining Corporation during the Sierra Leonian War when Major Johnny Paul Koromah was the country's president.The money has been lodged in one of prime bank in Madrid Spain under suspense account. We now want to
transfer out the funds from the bank in Madrid to your end account in your country abroad and invest it in profitable ventures, as the time is now ripe for such move and we need your assistance mostely this time to achieve this goal.

below are the assistance I need from you.

1.Firstly to assist us transfer out the funds from the bank in Madrid to your own bank account in your country or to any suitable country abroad.

2. To assist us invest the money in profitable ventures in your country or any other suitable country where you have good connections.

3. To help me and my younger sister Mureen re-locate to the suggested country provided by you.

4. To manage the money in a profitable manner preferably a joint venture deal with your company if you like.

The procedure for relocation of the funds to your country is such that you will not run any risk. We have proper banking trails documents to show the money as legal investment fund.

Best wishes,

Michael & Murren Udemezuo

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