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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: talatu wang <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 07:34:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: private and confidential

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am an undergraduate of the Universite of Barcelona in Spain, I am 38 years old and Studying Theorlogy in the above institution and in my final year, I am a christian , and from Aceh Region in Indonesia affected by the recent Tsunami Quakes/floods Disaster that swept through South Eastern Asia.i want to seek your assistance for a very important and confidential matter as regards my future.
I am from a polygamous home, my father was a rich man, and I am the only daughter of my father. My father married two wives my mother being the senior wife but gave birth to only me while my stepmother has five (5) children.
Unfortunately, (26th Dec. 2004), I lost my father , he died in this recent Tsunami Quakes/floods Disaster that swept through South Eastern Asia. while, on his usual business trip. Due to this incident, there has been problems in my home, my fathers family and his immediate relations,including my stepmother are all scrambling for my dad's wealth.
However,as i have just returned from Jarkata,Indonesia last month, I got hold of my father's safe and inside it I got a list of his assets and finances, but the one of interest to me is a legacy left behind for me. In it, though dead now, he signed me as his next of kin.
He lodged money in a security company the sum of US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve million, five hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) which he left strict instructions that upon his death, the money should only be given to me when I present a foreign investor. With regards to this, and my inexperience to money matters and an amount of this magnitude.
I hereby seek your assistance to help me receive and transfer this money into your account in your country, where I shall finally come to live after my graduation and the money successfully kept in your care.I shall donate part of it to TSUNAMI RELIEF FUNDS.
In all, I need someone trustworthy to assist me in not only taking this money out, but should be ready to help me manage this money into any business of your choice wisely infact be my fund/ investor manager.
You will be compensated.In respect of the above, if you are ready to assist me, I want you to revert back to me immediately via e-mail and we
shall discuse your percentage.
Thanks for going through this

Best Regard,
talatu wang

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