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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: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 16:47:54 +0000

PHONE /226/7657 19 81
Dear Friend,
I am MR OMAR KONE the director in charge of auditing and accounting section
of Africa Development Bank, (ADB) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso in West Africa
with due respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on a business
transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came acrossa
very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 31stOctober
1999 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his accountwith this
Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either fromhis family
or relation before our discovery to this development.

Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself to enable
the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of
execution. The said amount was U.S $10.5M (TEN million Five hundred United
States dollars).

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafidenext
of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money
to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information
will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness
to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.

In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in
this country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate
a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during
the time of transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason
why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as
the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present
a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into
on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by
the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted
from to your own designation bank account.

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of the
total sum as gratification, while 5% will be set aside to take care of expenses
hat may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills, while
65% will be for me.

Please, you have been adviced to keep "top secret" as I am still in service
and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you. I
will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent
sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further
investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest
in All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear
from you I look forward to

receive your mail at

Yours faithfully,

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