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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: "DR Robert Ikozw" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 22:40:12 +0200
Subject: DR Robert Ikozw

DR Robert Ikozw
TEL: 27-82-361-6478



I am DR Robert Ikozw (FCAA)the chief accountant of
African Development bank (ADB). There is an account
open in this bank in 2000 and since 2002 nobody has
operated on this account again. After going through
some old files in the records, I discovered that if I
do not remit this money out urgently it would be
forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is
Mr. Smith B. Andreas, a foreigner, and a miner at
Kruger Gold Company, a Geologist by profession and he
died since 2000.No other person knows this account or
anything concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that this company does not know anything about this
account and the money involved is Thirty Six Million
United States Dollars (US$ 36 Million). I want us to
first transfer US$ 6 Million from this money into
your safe overseas account before the rest. I am only
contacting you as a foreigner because this money
cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only
be approved to any foreign account because the money
is in United States Dollars and the former owner Mr.
Smith B. Andreas is a foreigner too. I know that this
message will come to you as surprise as we don’t know
ourselves before. We will sign an agreement, but be
sure that it is real and a genuine business.

I only got your contact information from the computer;
with believe in God that you will never let me down
in this business, considering my position as a public
servant. You are the only person that I have contacted
in this business; so please reply urgently so that I
will inform you the next step to take immediately.
Send also your private telephone and fax numbers
including the full details of your account to be used
for the deposit. I want us to meet face-to-face and
sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that
you can receive this money into your account where the
fund will be safe. And I will fly to your country for
withdrawal and sharing and
other investment.

Meanwhile, I am contacting you because of the need to
involve a foreigner with foreign account and foreign
beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make
this work fine because the management is ready to
approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you
as soon as you indicate your sincerity to co-operate
with me, and capability to handle such amount in
strict confidence and trust according to my
instruction and advice for our mutual benefit because
this opportunity may never come again in my life. I
need a truthful and God fearing person in this
business because I don’t want to make a mistake so I
need your strong assurance and trust. With my position
in the office I don’t want anything that will
jeopardize my job so I advice that we should make
secrecy and confidentiality our primary working
condition, bearing in mind that I am a public servant.
I will also use my position and influence to
effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this
money to your account with appropriate clearance forms
of the ministries and foreign exchange department.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be giving
15% of the total amount, 80% will be for me, while 5%
will be for expenses both parties might have incurred
the process of the transfer. I look forward to your
earliest reply.

Yours sincerely,

DR Robert Ikozw

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