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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: "AGETUWAA" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 13:37:42 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam

I am a member of the "Contract Award Committee",Federal Ministry of
Petroleum Resources, Nigeria.

We are in search of an agent who will assist us in the transfer of
FifteenMillion US Dollars (US$15m)and subsequent investment of same in

lucrative ventures in your country.

You will be required to.
1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum
2) Advise on lucrative area(s) of investment, and
3) Assist in the management of same investments.

Could you be kind enough to render your services to usin this regard,you
shall be rewarded with 15% of the total sum statedabove while 10% of the
investments dividents shall be paid to you annually.

Kindly indicate your interested by sending an email to me so that I can
give you the modalities.

Yours faithfully,


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