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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: "ibrahim hamed" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 19:09:08 +0100

Dear Sir

I am BARRISTER Hamed Ibrahim (ATTORNEY). I know that a transaction of this
magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you
that everything will be well at the end of the day. I got your email address
through our chamber of commerce, trade and industry while searching for
trustworthy individual who will assit me in this business.

My client by name Mr. Barry Kelly an American national and oil
consultant who I have been his legal representative (Attorney) for many
years died with the members of his family in autobile accident on 17th July
2001. He has $38,500,000.00 (Thirty eight million five hundred thousand US
dollars)floating in his suspense account and all the effort to locate any
member of his family through their Embassy here proved abortive.

Now, this money is still in the bank and nobody is coming to claim the
money, the Management under the influence of their Chairman and Members of
the Board of Directors ECOBANK PLC mandated me as his lawyer to provide the
next of kin or his relation and failure to do so after 5years, the fund will
be declared "Unclaimed" and subsequently be donated to the trust funds for
arms and ammunition according to bank law.

This will enhance the course of War in Africa and the World in general,this
is totally a wrong idea, and it is not good for the world. People are dying
outside there due to one or more dreadful diseases and we can make their
lives more meaningful. In the light of the above. I need you as a foreigner
to act as the next of kin. You will arrange for a bank account I will submit
to bank that you are next of kin to Barry Kelly with your account details as
to where the fund will be transferred as a distance relation. Send me the
following: the name of your

Bank you want us to use,
Address of your Bnak,
Account number,
Account Beneficiary,
Swift code(if any)

After the successful transfer of this fund to your account, I will make
arrangement to come to your country so that we can share the fund, Your
share will be 30% while 10% is set aside for any expenses incurred during
the course of this project both local and international, the rest of 60%
will be for myself. Please this business is 100% risk free. Remember to send
me your phone and fax number. My sincere regards to you and your family. For
urgent attension, reply through his Email:(

Best Regards,

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