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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: "godwin omaobi" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 11:31:03 +0000
Subject: From The Desk Of,

>From The Desk Of,
Mr.Godwin Omaobi
Union Bank Of Nigeria,
Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Sir/Madam.

I am Mr.Godwin Omaobi, Branch Manager with Union bank of Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria. I have an urgent and very profitable business proposition
you that should be handled with extreme confidentiality. On January 6, 1998
a Foreign Consultant and contractor with the Nigerian Railway Corporation
Mr. Abbas Gumeri by name made a numbered time Fixed Deposit for twelve
Calendar months valued at US$15.6M (Fifteen Million, Six Hundred United
Dollars Only) in my branch.

Upon maturity I sent a routine notification in accordance with the Bank
Policy to his forwarding addresses but got no reply. After a month we
sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers
Nigerian Railway Corporation that Mr. Abbas Gumeri died from
anautomobile accident. On further investigation, we found out that he died
making a Will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were
fruitless.I therefore made further investigations and discovered that
Mr. Abbas Gumeri did not declare any Next of kin correlations in all his
official documents including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.This
sum of US$15.6M has been carefully moved out of my bank to a Financial and
Security Company in Europe for safekeeping. No one will ever come
forward to claim it and according to the Law of my country, at the
expiration Of 7
years the money will revert to the ownership of the State (Government)
If nobody applies to claim the fund.

This prompted us to contact you. We want you as the next of kin of our
late client thereby making you the legal beneficiary of the sum of
$15.6Million U.S Dollars that is presently in a Financial and Security
Company in
Europe. I contacted you because it is against our code of Ethics to own and
operate foreign accounts and your assistance would be Needed to claim the
in the Financial and Security Company in Europe. We have unanimously
agreed that 25% of the entire sum would be for you if you agree to take part
in this profitable Transaction, 65% for me while the remaining 10% would be
used to pay back The expenses that maybe incurred during the course of the
transaction by both parties after the Fund has been claimed and lodged
in your account. In the event that you aregenuinely interested in the
transaction, the following information would be needed from you to
expedite action
1) Your Full Name.
2) Your Residential or Company Address.
3) Your Private Mobile, Telphone and Fax numbers
Where you can be reached at all time because this transaction entails
Constant communication.The transaction is 100% legal and totally free
of risks as all Modalities have been perfected to ensure the hitch free
successor the transaction. If you are interested, send the requested
information via email as soon as possible so that we can proceed and after
sending it urgently.


Mr.Godwin Omaobi

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