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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. Joleen Moore" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:49:25 +0200
Subject: contact Barrister Derek Richard (SAN) A.S.A.P

Dear Friend,

I'm Mrs. Joleen Moore of Tampa, FL 33629, I'm a US citizen, 51yrs Old. I'm one
of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they
refused to pay me, I had paid over $48,000 while in the US, trying to get my
payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my contract documents,
and I was
directed to meet the Attorney in charge of contract and beneficiary
funds, And I
was directed to meet Barrister Richard Derek (SAN), who is a member of
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I
contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whosoever has been
contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right
now I'm the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my
funds amounting 0f $5,000,000.00 usd Moreover, Barrister Richard Derek (SAN),
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments
and I saw your email as one of those who are yet to receive their fund, So I
decided to email you to stop dealing with those people if they have
been contact
because they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I
will advise you to contact Barrister Ricard Derek (SAN)

I will advice you to contact the attorney in charge of funds issues and
beneficiaries, Barrister Ricard Derek (SAN) now so as for him to assist you in
getting your fund transfer into your bank account.

Name : Barrister Richard Derek (SAN)
Phone Number: +234-805-587-1543

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and
telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with
them, they are
only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Barrister Richard Derek (SAN) was just $1520
for the paper works, so you have to take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs. Joleen Moore
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1902 South Wykagyl Street
Tampa, FL USA. 33629
Education: BS, Business Administration.

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