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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:

From: "Donald Lekota" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 01:46:09 -0700
Subject: From Donald


Dear Friend,

Before I introduce myself and my purpose of contacting you let me first
appeal to you, to kindly read the content of this letter with kind attention.

I am Mr. Donald Lekota, a banker.
I am the eastern manager of United Bank of Africa Plc (U.B.A), Abuja branch
Nigeria. I want to transfer out $USD 26 million
I have the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be
capable for this important business,believing that you will never let me
down either now or in future.

There is an account opened in this bank in 1980 and since 1990 nobody have
operated on this account again,after going through some old files in the
records I discovered that if I do not remitte this money out urgently it
will be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is Engr. Jack Hamilton , he is a foreigner and
the manager of petrol chemical service,a chemical Engineer by proffession
and he died since 1990, and since then no other person knows about this
account or anything concerning it.secondly he did not clearify his next
of kin in his deposition form when he deposited this fund in our bank.The
account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount
involved is (U.S.$26,000,000.00)

I want to tranfer this money into a safe foreign account abroad but i don't
know any foreigner,I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money
can not be approved to any local bank here but can only be approved to a
foreign account because the money is in u.s dollars and the former owner
of the account (ENGR. JACK HAMILTON) is a foreigner too.
I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know
ourself before,but be sure that it is real and a genuine business.I believe
in god that you will never let me
down in this business,you are the only person that i have contacted for
this business for now,so please reply urgently so that we can receive this
money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where the fund
will be remmited.

I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with a foreign
account as the real beneficiary,I need your co-operation to make this work
fine,because the management of our bank is ready to approve this payment
to any foreigner who has the correct information to this account which i
will give to you when sure of your capability to handle such amount with
instrict confidence and trust,and according to my instructions and my advice
for our mutual benefit because I don't want to make any mistake. I need
your strong assurance and trust, I shall also destroy all documents concerning
this transactions immidiately we received this money in your account leaving
no trace to any place. I will use my position and influence on other staffs
to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account
with appropriate clearance from foreign payment department,with assurance
that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country
for the sharing and other investment.

Finally,at the conclusion of this business,I will give you 25% of the total
amount,70% will be for me ,while 5% will be for expenses both parties might
have incured during the process of this transaction.Please try and negotiate
for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risk
free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account
and I am interested in estate management and hotel business, please advise

Yours Truly,

Mr. Donald Lekota

Win 12 amazing weekend breaks, one every month for a year to Dublin, Milan,
the Alps, Paris and beyond

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