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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: "william Zongo" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:50:52 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a Liberian, Resident in Accra Ghana West Africa.I wish to let you know that iam William Zongo son of late Mr Wisdom Zongo. My father was a gold merchant in Liberia before he died.Due to his wealth he sponsored a lot of politicians but he never held any political position before he died.
Unfortunately the war started,my father was killed by rebels and me and my mother escaped out of Liberia.The country was so rough that a lot of people fled out of Liberia for their lives.
Before the war started in Liberia,my late father(WISDOM ZONGO) was able to take the sum of 55 million U.S dollars from Liberia to Ghana for safe keeping in a security company in Ghana.Before his death,he was able to take the money through diplomatic means to U.K. and lodged the money in a security company in United Kingdom.
Presently,I and my mother are living in Ghana as refugees.We will be very much pleased if you can contact the security company in U.K that you are my late father foriegn bussiness associate and that you want the comany to release the money to you as the new beneficiary to the fund.
1.We will enter in to an agreement before the money will be remitted to you from avoid problems and arguement in the future.
2.This should be a top secret between you and my family for the safety of the money.
3.We will be going to the high court here to do the change of ownership of the documents to your name and also get a power of attorney so that the money can be legally remitted to you without questioning.
Please help us because I will like to hear from you if you can or not, because my father has died and we believe God gave us this money as compensation of my father's death. If I see your reply,my mother will write to security company letting them know that you are my late fathers foriegn partner and instructing them to call you or we will give you details on how you will contact the company so that the fund will be released to you.
Hoping to read from you soonest and please reply to this email address


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