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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 by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Suzana Vaye" <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 18:01:00 +0200
Subject: From:Mrs Suzana

From:Mrs Suzana
Kindly accept my apology for sending this mail to you. It is neither a
sales solicitation nor spam.
Though, I do not know how conversant you are with events and the fragile
political situation in Liberia, it has made consistent headlines on CNN,
BBC and several news bulletins around the world.
I am Mrs.Suzana Vaye, wife of the late Deputy Minister of Works in
Liberia (Isaac Nuhan Vaye) who was murdered by Taylor during the regime of
President Charles Taylor on the false accusation and trumped up charges of
trying to overthrow Charles Taylor.
You can verify this from many international newspapers like the one
posted on the web site below:
During my husband's stay in office,he raised a substantial amount of
money from Diamond Sales ove r a period of 6 years and these funds were
carefully moved out through legal means and deposited
in a Security Firm in Spain. The amount accrued from the Diamond sales
is USD58.6M (Fifty Eight ponit Six Million U.S.Dollars Only) and I confirm
that these funds are fully free of any liens, and are clean and
without no criminal origin.
My Children and I have been confined only to our country home since the
death of my husband and all our calls and movements are monitored.But
five months ago I and my two children were smuggled through the help of
our family lawyer of out of Liberia to
Spain where we are presently under the care of United Nation as
And as result of my status I cannot claim the said fund,hence I am
soliciting for your assistance to relocate the fund with your identity
so as to assume access to the fund.
My only means of communication is via internet email,
and you are being contacted because your
assistance is needed in retrieving the funds on my behalf.
I want to use this medium to assure you that the transaction is
absolutely legal and 100% risk free as all documentations needed to
prove the source of the funds were submitted when the funds were being
deposited and these documents have proven the origin of the funds as
well as authenticating the fact that the funds are clean and has no
links whatsoever with any form of illegality.
Due to my present condition, its completely impossible for me to do
anything as regards retrieving the funds and I implore you to respond
to this email addrees, below for the conclusion of the transaction, if
you are genuinely interested in assisting me and my children.
For your assistance in this transaction,you shall be entitled to 25% of
the total amount of money which is equivalent to US$14.500,000
(Fourteen Million and Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Six
Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) and your role
entails retrieving the funds on my behalf from the Security Firm in
All information needed to retrieve the funds would be sent to you upon
the receipt of your response to this proposal and I will
instruct you on how you will go about retrieving the funds as soon as
you provide the following information:
1) Your Full Names
2) Your Complete Address either Company or Residential Address
3) Private Telephone,Mobile and Fax Numbers where you can be reached at
all time as these numbers are important because they would be
forwarded to the Security Firm so as to notify them that you would be
claiming the funds on my behalve Hence my contact:
I look forward to your response
Mrs. Suzana Vaye

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