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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, 4 Nov 2004 13:14:19 +0100

With warm heart I extend my greetings to you . My name is Elisbeth Domaga,
a personal aide to the former Liberian President Charles Taylor . I got
your contact in my search for a reliable person to help transact this business
As a result of limited time frame given to my boss to quit Liberia, he entrusted
(10.M USD)Ten million United States dollars in my care, for me to put in
save keeping and invest it with my own identity because foreign governments
were now confiscating his assets and placing hold on his known bank accounts.
I sent this fund to Europe via diplomatic courier to a security company
for safe-keeping. As a result of these developments, I am contacting you
to assist in claiming this money. I have the deposit certificate along with
the customs clearance papers. The security company does not know the content
of the consignment, I declared it mas family valuables. I would have done
the collection and invested these funds myself. But presently I am here
in the Netherlands and as I am not permitted by law to engage in any gainful
economic activity as I do not have legal right. This is my reason for contacting
you. Should this endeavor be of interest to you, please respond in the affirm,assurance
and trust, 30% for you and 60% for me and my familly and 10% for the expenses
that could be incurred throughout the course of this transaction ative via
my email address;elisbeth12@netscape. net so that we can discuss and agree
upon a remuneration that will be most suitable to you for the role you are
to play in this endeavor? Awaiting your positive response.
Mrs Elisbeth Domaga.

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