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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: "jecob kabani" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 15:55:29 +0000
Subject: URGENT



I am Mr.Jecob Kabani, the Manager, Bills and Exchange at the Foreign
Remmittance Department of the First National Bank (FNB}. I am writting this
letter to ask for your support and cooperation to carry out this business
opportunity in my Bank at this last quarter of the year.We discoverred the
account that belongs to Mr. JACOB ZUMA,DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH

When confronted he asked me to contact a reliable foreigner whom we can
transfer this money into his account with out any problem from his account
.Because the scorpions is probing him for bribery,so i will like you
to act as the next-of-kin with evidence/proof to mr ZUMA as indicated in our
bank which i will back you with every document.

We have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus: 10% for you
as foreign partner, 30% for us the officials in my department,55% for
Mr.Zuma,5% for the settlement of all expenses incurred during the course of
this transfer,because their must be expenses on both side. We have also
arranged to procure valid documents for this transaction as you will be
purported, presented and recognised as the next of kin to Mr. Jacob Zuma
Moreover, as the Manager of this Bank I do not intend to take action
that may jeopardize my long career, reputation and track record earned over
decade of service to this Bank that is the reason you have to handle this
transaction with secreet, your promised percentage goes to you for all your
assistance and cooperation.

Also be informed that Mr Zuma and one of our colleague might come to your
Country to see you and have the fund. It is from our 30% we intend to invest
in (Real Estate) and import agricultural machines into our Country as a way
of recycling the fund.

To Commence this transaction,we require you to indicate your interest by a
return e-mail throughmy email and enclose your contact
information:(1)Mobile Number.(2)Telephone number.(3)Fax number.(4)Your full
name.(5)Contact address.Which your Account details will be needed based on
your confirmation of your readiness and capable to handle this transaction
then we will file letter of claim to the appropriate departments and
necessary approvals before the transfer can be effected.

Awaits your urgent response.

Beas regards,
Mr.Jecob kabani

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