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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: "kimo odam" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 19:05:23 -0900

DEAR Sir/Madam
MY NAME IS MR KIM ADAM, A former government official of Liberia.
Following the exit of president CharlesTaylor of Liberia from power under a
West Africanbrokered peace agreement, led by Nigerian President Olusegun
Obasanjo he was granted asylum by theNigerian Government. In my position as
the Financial Secretary to the President and close confidant, I left for
Nigeria in his Entourage.

My country has been engulfed in Protracted Civil warwith rebels controlling
some parts of the country.During the war, President Taylor disbursed large
sums of Monies to buy the loyalty of the entire cabinet,and I can say with
all modesty that I was one of the Chief Beneficiaries of this disbursement.

This is aside from monies I used my official positionto acquire while in
office. Since we relocated to Calabar, Southern Nigeria all has been well,
but with the recent indictment of former President Taylor by the war crime
tribunal sitting in Sierra Leone and confirmed re ports of a dedicated fund
by the American Government to capture him in order to face war crime charges
have now decided to leave the country.Presently I have funds totaling United
State $15,000,000. (Fifteen Million US Dollars) Which I intend to move
oversea for investment and spend the rest of my life there with my family.

This transaction is risk-free as all local arrangement has been made. If you
are prepared to assist to work with me I require the following: Your Full
Name and Address, Your Private Telephone, Fax Number and private Email
Address. As Compensation for your assistance you will retain 15% of the
Total sum, While 5% will be mapped out for local and International expenses.

Though we are not known to each other, I strongly believe that through this
transaction we would be able to forge a mutually beneficial relationship
between us, now and in the future.

Finally, the success of this transaction will depend to a great extent on
mutual trust, secrecy and Confidentiality from you.

I await your response by private E-mail;( )
Best Regards,

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