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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 07:13:30 +0100
Subject: Re: urgent attention please.

Universal Equity Bank Plc.
RC 2305 UEB Head Office,
UEB House 41 Marina,
Lagos Nigeria,
PMB 12834,
Lagos East,
12/14, Broad Street
P O BOX 2305, Lagos
Private Email Address:

Attention please.:

NOTE: The information contained in this communication is intended only for
the recipient stated above and may contain information, which is privileged
and/or confidential, the disclosure of which is prohibited by law. If you
are not the intended recipient, please note that any dissemination, distribution
or copying of this communication and its attachments is strictly prohibited.
If this communication has been sent to you in error, please notify us immediately.

I am very sorry for the embarrassment this mail might cause you as we've
never seen or met before, but please read. It is my pleasure to write and
inform you of a transaction involving the transfer of US $10,5 Million (Ten
Million Five Hundred US Dollars) into a foreign Account for safe keeping
pending my arrival with my colleagues for sharing.

I am the manager (International Banking & Investment Sector) of Universal
Equity Bank Plc (UEB), Lagos East branch that is located at 12/14, Broad
Street, P.O.Box 2305, Lagos - Nigeria. The Universal Equity Bank Plc (UEB)
is one of Nigeria's top three commercial banks. It was established in 1961
by a consortium of five international banks to take over the banking business
carried on in Nigeria since 1949 by the British and French Bank Limited.
Banks, finances, stocks, bonds, shares, houses, merchants, businesses, and

During our last audit exercise, some amount of money totaling $10.5Million
was discovered and traced to be owned by one Engr. Eric, a foreigner who
died in a mysterious car crash. The source of this fund was further traced
to be a contract payment made to him by the Federal Government since he
has always used our Bank, but this fund has remained unclaimed till now.
Since his death, nobody has shown up to claim this fund and this attracted
our management's curiosity thereby declaring the account dormant. A Panel/Committee
was setup by the Federal Government on recovery of funds, hence this fund
should be unquestionably claimed by any of his available next of kin or
alternatively be returned back to the Central Bank of my country. It is
because of the perceived possibility of not going to be able to locate any
of his next of kin that I took it upon myself to source for a trusted and
reliable person from his Country to assist me in claiming the said fund.
Therefore, I wish to front you as his next of Kin so you can come up to
claim the fund which he deposited in our Bank before it will be reverted
to the National Treasury.

I will use my good office to get all-internal documentations with the help
of my attorney to back up your claims. The whole procedures will last for
few working days to get the fund remitted successfully without trace even
in future. Your response and interest is what I am waiting for. As soon
as this message comes to you kindly get back to me indicating your interest
then I will furnish you with the whole procedures to ensure that the project
is successfully concluded, for your assistance I am willing to give you
thirty percent (30%) of the total sum at the end of the transaction. Do
not fear any risk because it is risk free and a big fortune. You have nothing
to worry about; I will do everything legally required to ensure that the
project goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking
Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands.

All correspondence towards this transaction will be through telephone and
email as stated above. I need your telephone and fax numbers in your reply.

Finally, I advice you to frequent your mail for future correspondence.

I await your earliest response.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Mike Robertson.
Universal Equity Bank, {UEB}

N/B: Because of the confidentiality of this transaction, I strictly advice
you to copy your response to my private e-mail address:

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