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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: "MISS MORINE ADJI." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 13:17:36 +0100

Dear sir,
good day and how is your good health wich matters much in life. sir i woke up this morning after my prayers and my spirite was directed to your profiles please dont disapoint me i will know longer neccessary for me to hide myself from you again and i
decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here. I am
Miss Morine , 25 years old girl from Liberia in west africa,the only
daughter of Late Dr & mrs Fred Amiri the former Director diamond extrotion
Ltd in my country and also the former minister of mineral resources.I am
constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment.
I, am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my
late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death
of my beloved Father.Meanwhile I wanted to Europe, but ,she hide away
my international passport and other valuable documents. Luckily she did
not discover where I kept my father’s File which contains important
documents. So I decided to run to the refegee camp where I am presently
seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refegee
herein Dakar, Republic of Senegal.
I wish to contact you personally for a long term relationship and
investment assistance in your Country.My father of blessed memory deposited
the sum of US$7.500, 000. in one bank in senegal with my name as the
next of kin. However, I shall be willing to forward you with the necessay
documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the
transfer and investment of the fund.As you will help me in an invsetment,
and i will like to complete my studies, as i was in my 2nd year in the
university, when the crisis started.
It is my intention to compensate you with 15% of the total money for
your assitance and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is
the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should
be through this email address only for confidential purposes. As soon
as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put
every things into action immediately. In the light of the above,
I am staying at the female hostel block 13A. i will appreciate if you
can also help me to procure my travelling document,to join you
immedietaley the bank and you confirm of the fund been there in your
account.Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to
your self please i begg you not to disclose it till i come over to join
you once the fund has been transfered.
Yours Sincer

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