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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: "Mr. Paul Kofi" <pkofi125@gmail.com>
Reply-To: <paulkofi@rediffmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:47:44 +0100
Subject: urgent reply needed

Attn: Sir,

My name is Mr. Paul Kofi. I work with Security Company here in Republic of Ghana and would like to present a Business Proposal for your consideration.

I have two metallic trunk boxes US Dollar depoisted to our company with a total amount of US$25,700,000.00 in cash

This boxes in question has not been claim by the Foreign Beneficiary for a period of Seven (7) years till date. All my efforts to locate the Beneficiary in his Oversees Address prove abortive. Therefore, I am set to find a Partner to claim the consignments with a sharing ratio of 50-50. Should you be interested, you are hereby advised to send me your direct telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in full details.

I do hereby anticipate your response as soon as possible.
Thank you.

Respectfully,
Mr. Paul Kofi.

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