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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. David Mofessa" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 11:46:45 +0000
Subject: Request for bussiness assistance

No.2085 Marine street
Hergardin Avenue,
Off Seapot Road Johannesburg.
Box 27287 South Africa.

RE: TRANSFER OF ($ 126,000.000.00 USD}


We want to transfer to overseas ($ 126,000.000.00 USD) One hundred and
Twenty six million United States Dollars) from a Bank in Africa, You can
serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till
the end for this important business trusting in you and believing in God
that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr.Isaacson Danko, the Auditor General of a bank in Africa, during the
course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in
the bank in 1995 and since 1998 nobody has operated on this account again,
after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the
owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and
if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
the owner of this account is Mr. Frankline Sullivan, a foreigner, and a
sailor, and he died, since 1998. and no other person knows about this
account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and
my investigation proved to me as well that Frankline Sullivan until his
death was the manager Sulliv Coy.(pty). SA. We will start the first
transfer with Twenty six million [$26,000.000] upon successful transaction
without any disappoint from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of
the remaining rest amount to your account.

The amount involved is (USD 126M) One hundred and Twenty Six million United
States Dollars, only I want to first transfer $26,000.000 [Twenty Six
million United States Dollar from this money into a safe foreigners account
abroad before the rest, but I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting
you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person
here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved
to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license and
foreign a/c because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the
a/c Mr. Frankline Sullivan is a foreigner too, [and the money can only be
approved into a foreign a/c.

However, we will sign a binding agreement, to bind us together I got your
contact address from my secretary who operates computer, I am revealing this
to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business,
So please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take
urgently. Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full
details of the account to be used for the deposit.

I want us to meet face to face to build confidence and to sign a binding
agreement that will bind us together before transferring the money to any
account of your choice where the fund will be safe. Before we fly to your
country for withdrawal, sharing and investments.
I need your full co-operation to make this work fine. because the management
is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account, which I will give to you, upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this
I need your strong assurance that you will never, never let me down.

With my influence and the position of the bank official we can transfer this
money to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with
assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in
your country for sharing. The bank official will destroy all documents of
transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place
and to build confidence you can come immediately to discuss with me face to
face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and three of
us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into
the account.

I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that
you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my
position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of
this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant
ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total
amount, 60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might
have incurred during the process of transferring.

Best Regard,
Mr.David Mofessa.


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