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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: "Brain Williams" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 11:22:41 +0000
Subject: Notice of Claim

Plot 12 Satellite Town Lagos-Nigeria

Hello ,

I am Barrister Brian A.Williams (Esq) , I am the Personal Attorney to
Mr.Henry ,aforeigner,who use to work with Jangle Cement Company here in
Nigeria, on the 2nd of Dec. 2002, my client and his wife ,got involved in a
car accident, all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives over the internet, to
locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you. I
have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund left behind by my late
client because the bank have asked me as his lawyer to produce his next of

Particularly, Bank have given me a notice to provide the next of kin to
claim the contract valued at about US$11 Million Dollars or have the amount
confisicated ,since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for
over years, now I seek your conscent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased since your a foreigner and have the same surname so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$11 Million can be paid to you.

All I require is your honest coperation to enable us see this dealt through
.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law of your country and my country
too as a professional legal attorney in the field.

Finally,kindly maintain confidentiality between me and you on this

Note: Some of the lawyers in my office have been plaining to divert this
particular amount of money US$11M but they failed because I never authorized
anybody to do that,as the principal attorney of this estate I hereby urge
your assistance to get this fund transfer into your account legitimately
which I am assuring. In some of my lawyers may contact you in different ways
concerning this claim,but don't respond to me by forwarding me the mesage
they send you so that I can get them sacked.

Upon your consideration of this transaction,you are hereby asked to send the
following information that I will use to prepare and application on your
behalf as you Legal Counsel representing this claim legall:

1. Your Full names

2. Your complete Postal Address.

3. Your Telephone number

4. Your fax number

5. Your Occupation.

6. Sex.

7. Age

8. Marital Status.

I await your urgent response.


Best regards,


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