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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: Mrs Aniata Adam <>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 11:05:12 -0800 (PST)

Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992
Zakari Maimalari Street
Cadastral Zone AO,
Central Business District, Cote D lvoire .


The BRITISH High Commission in Cote D,lvoire Republic, and Ghana
Burkinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US
citizens and Maylaysia, Nigerian Etc. The countries of Cote D,lvoire Republic,
Burkinafaso And Ghana have recompensed you following the meeting held
with the Four countries' Government and various countries' high
commission for the fraudulent activities carried out by the Four
countries' Citizens.

Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Cote D,lvoire Republic Financial
Intelligent Unit (NFIU). A compensation has been issued out in
Certified Bank Drafts to all the affected victims and has been already
been in distribution to all the bearers. Your draft was among those
that was reported undelivered as at on Friday and we wish to advise
you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you
receive your draft immediately.

According to the number of applicants at hand, 184 Beneficiaries has
been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still
have more 37 left to be paid the compensations of $2,500,000.00 USD

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was
arrested as one of their victims of the operations,you are hereby
warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any
reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of
the other criminals.

So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who
have not been contacted can submit their application as well for
scrutiny and possible consideration.

NFIU further told us that the use of Cote D,lvoire Republic and Ghana Couriers was
abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above
mentioned courier services in Cote D,lvoire Republic and Ghana and there by
have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a
safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the
demand of the conveyance.

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU dispatches
your Draft on Friday.

You are assured of the safety of your draft and availability.
Be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake
lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Get
back to me immediately through my assistant
E-mail Address :
Phone:+225 6097 377 70
with your correct full details
full name--------,
contact address---------
telephone number-------
to check if the delivery date suits you.
Yours in Service,

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