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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:

Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 13:36:21 +0000

Mr. Ola David Paul

No 34 Bello Street,

Mohamed Way Lagos.

Lagos State, Nigeria.


Dear Friend,

I hope you will receive this Email without a measure of fear I got your
contact from THE EMAIL DIRECTORY as i was searching for the country and the
company or person that will assist me or a reliable person i will transact
this DEAL with. It is with trust that I wish to contact you on this matter
concerning the transfer of US$45,800,000,00 million Dollars.

My name is MR OLA DAVID PAUL, I am the former manager of Central Bank of
Nigeria Sokoto Branch.I have urgent and very confidential business proposal
i need your assistant for. On JAN. 1999, When I was still in banking service
there was an oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, Mr.smith John whom i assisted for an oil deal by personally
using the bank fund to finance he without the knowledge of other's directors
in the bank. After the project, we made $269,000,000.00m and my share was
given to me as well, Which is US$45,800,000,00m while my partner was given
is own share which is $30,000,000,00m after that i also refunded the bank"s
fund. For this reason i need your assistant in helping me to secure my share
amount US$45,800,000,00m in your account since my intention is to invest
this fund out of my country into any lucrative venture you may deem fit in
order to avoid any one knowing about my transaction with Mr.smith John that
is presently dead. Though, few days ago the bank in which my share of the
fund was deposited with, called me to identify the beneficiary of the fund
in order to proceed with the payment, as the fund is due. Actually before
the fund was deposited with the bank" My backup application letter was that
the fund belongs to a friend, Which mean's that i am the only person in
position to identify the bonafide owner of the fund, since the fund was not
deposited with a name but with a security code number. Its in this regard
that i solicit for your assistance for securing this fund in your Name in
other to avoid the awareness of my involvement in the fund ownership ,
because as a former bank official with the goverment bank i am not allowed
by law to own such amount of money or personally operate a foreign account.

Note that every application to enable you the bonafide beneficiary of the
fund shall be perfectly written in your name' by me recommending you the
origina beneficiary of said amount US$45,800,000,00m for the successful
transfer' if only you will be sincere with me in the deal.

Please, note that this transaction is 100% safe and risk free and i will
commence the transaction from the date of receipt of the following
information via e-mail, phone and fax. Please call me immediately after
reading this message in other to discuss about the deal or you send me by
email your opion in the deal. But alraedy I agreed to share this fund as

(1) 40% for me.

(2) 60% should be for you for financing the TRANSACTION.

Please if you accept this proposal, send to me by email the following.:

1 Your telephone number, fax numbers, mobil phone, your address.

2. Provide me an account or preferribly you open a new bank account in your
name for the DEAL. That will accommodate this fund.

With these information, we are going to put in application in your favour
for the release of this fund into your account for us all. Due to my
sensitive Condition, I can not afford a slip in this transaction. Please
treat with the strictest confidentiality and utmost urgency.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ola David Paul.


N.B: Please bear in mind that this money shall be use to invest through you
base on your professional advice.

More so, I will need your total assistance with sinserity, trust and
confidentiality regarding all matters, in other to see that this Deal
becomes successful because ever since I was put out of the service by the
Central Bank authority without benefit everthing has been difficult for me
financially, But I thank God that I have this fund deposited in the bank in
EUROPE and needed an assistant to enable me get this fund out of the bank
since this is the only souce of my hope in life.

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