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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: "James Mike" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 1980 15:19:14 -0800
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED{JP Morgan Chase Bank}

Good Day.

I am seeking for your co-operation to present you to my bank as the next of kin/will beneficiary to Mrs. Sigrid Fassnacht, a foreign contractorfrom Cologne Germany who died on a plane crash on July 25th 2000 with her husband Rudi Fassnacht. Her husband and their two children also perishedinthe air FranceConcorde New York bound flight; please click here for verification. (

Before her death she was a contractor to Exxon Mobil Corporation (EMC) and has a bank balance with my bank to the tune of ($5.5Million United State Dollars ) which will be paid to you as her next of kin/will beneficiary.For your information, I am the Head of Investigation Departmentwith JPMorgan Chase Bank .

The board of directors of JP Morgan Chase Bank, which I am also a member,mandated me to look for any known relation of Mrs. Sigrid Fassnacht,sinceafter her death.

However, all my efforts to trace members of her family has been fruitless,this is the main reason I am writing you to ask for your co-operation forus to claim this money because it will amount to injustice,if I do not take this decisive step to secure this deposit and invest it this is due to the fact that if nobody comes forward to claim the fund it will beforfeited to the government, this is my reason for contacting you,so thatyou can assist me in making this transaction a reality.

All I need to do is to give you the approval as the next of kin/willbeneficiary and the fund will be paid to you as the beneficiary. so that the money will be your's and also donate 10% to charity and if you arereally interested in this offer Please reply to my alternative E-mail:( )For detail of this transaction and procedures,please do forward me, your full name and phone number. Note that,I will commence immediately to secure all legal documents in your favor on your acceptanceto fully co-operate with me.

I await your urgent response to enable us jump start this project and nurture it to reality.
Yours faithfully,
Mr James Mike
Head of Investigation
JP Morgan Chase Bank
181 E 90th,
NY 10128, U.S.A

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