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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: "JOCOB" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 18:40:57 +0100

Dear beloved friend with grief and ever fresh alive memory of my great lovely father Dr John Garang the first vice president of federal republic of SUDAN and former rebel leader of southern SUDAN movement of SPLA who died with other fourteen of his members on Saturday July night in helicopter clash when returning from meeting with president of UGANDA. after his death as an elder son of my father and with permission of my mother who handed me all the necessary documents regarding this transaction which I am about to detail you more, as it concern you to know I was mandatory by my mother and my younger ones to leave Sudan to Accra Ghana west Africa where I am now writing you to solicit your assistance in getting out this amount of US$(15,000,000) fifteen million us dollars which my father secretly lodge with financial house here in Accra.
As you are reading this letter, for my care and of that my family I wish to remind you that nobody knows my where about except you and my family so I demand that this transaction have to do with confidential .to refresh you memory on how ii happen this fund was lodge here by my father as personal items related to his foreign partner which on name was mention on space and this what I want you to act for me, to achieve this goal I will like you to know that all the necessary documents both an agreement bound of my father with finical house made is with me now .I will made it available when it is needed by you as I solicit your wiliness to stand as original benefactor and beneficial of the said items as it was stated in this agreement and your wiliness to notify also write to the financial house of your coming done for the release of this said items to you, as you have to know this items contain in two trunk boxes which nobody knows that is MONEY EXCEPT you and my fam!
ily. What really matters in this relationship is the entire approach believing this to be welcome development. I must stress that I contacted you on trust, understanding, and oneness for the realization of this project. Base on this prejudice, I need your utmost co-operation, support and truthfulness in this relationship.
This is because, the business I am about to establish with you must definitely take us affluence and be considered as the biggest welcome development of the year. You must understand that this is monetary matter and I have seen and heard how people have been turn apart in the past due to selfish desire. Let us allow God to lead us in this operation so that we can show example in the society. For more information's of my father reign, his great achieve, his life, death and of my family affair SEE ( <<>>)
Accepting to help me out in this project I wish to inform you of my offer you 30% of this fund on conclude of this transaction I also assure you of 100% risk free of this project, so dear friend get back to me soon
Thanking you with regards.
Jocob Garang
For the family.

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