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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: "Macson Brown" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 10:02:53 +0000
Subject: Pleaese Confirm Receipt

From the Desk of:
Dr. Macson Brown

20th September 2005


I receive very encouraging information about you and how trustworthy you
are. I am delighted with such useful information. I am interested in
partnership investment programmed with your self/corporation. Presently I
am the Senior Chief Executive Accountant with the Nigeria Ministry of Energy
and Mineral Resources.

Within the Department of Energy where I work as an Executive Senior
Accountant and with the Co-operation of four other top officials, we have in
our possession as over due payment bills totaling USD Ten Million (10M),
which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a
foreign Company/Individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a
reliable foreign Non-company account to receive such funds. More so, we are
handicapped in the circumstance, as the Nigerian civil Service Code of
conduct does not allow us to operate off-shore account, and our earning is
less than $2000 ran equivalent of (our local currency) and the strict
stipulations of the Bureau of conduct guidelines and regulations for
public/civil servants hence you are important in the whole transaction. This
amount USD$10M represents the balance of the contract value executed on
behalf of my department by a Foreign Contracting Firm, which we the official
over-invoiced deliberately. A contract was awarded to Portuguese Firm worth
hundreds Millions of Dollars. In the execution of this project the
Portuguese Firm discovered a colossal amount of Limestone in the two sites.
We collaborated with the Firm in a mutual Agreement as regard the proceeds
of which we have now received our share of $68million USD.

Although the actual Contract cost have been paid to the original contractor.
We have in principles gotten approval to remit to any Foreign Bank account
you will provide, and cannot introduce or circulate this amount into the
Nigeria Banking system considering our provisional duties as Civil servant,
by filing in an application through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources here in Nigeria, for the transfer of rights and privileges of the
Former contractor to you.
The above situation prompted my decision to solicit your co-operation to
take delivery of the funds into your custody for our proposed investment as
i have the authority of my partners will be adequately compensated you with
20% (2,000,000.00).

Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful
execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope
that will not disappoint me.

If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry
out this deal. I want to assure you that my partner and I are in position to
make the payment of this claim possible, provided you can give us a very
strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured.
Please remember to treat this matter very confidential, discretion no matter
what your decision maybe, because we will not comprehend with any form of
exposure, as we are still in active Government service. Once again, remember
that time is of great essence in this transaction; we have arranged all the
necessary procedures in ensuring a smooth process for funds to get to you.

I will also appreciate you contact me once you receive this Mail via my
E-Mail account to enable me give you more details on my Modus Opendi of
getting the funds across to you hitch free. Positive response should
accompanied with telephone and fax numbers so I can reach you immediately

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation and remain,

With Best Regards

Dr. Macson Brown

Director, project Implementation.

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