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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: "john wood" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 18:13:41 +0300

My name is Mr JOHN WOOD.the chief Accountant in charge of Auditing and
Accounting unit in Africa Development Bank OF S/Africa.I am contacting you on a
business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of
the transaction. During our anual auditing in the bank,my department discoverd a
very huge sum of money belonging to Kenneth Gardner whos contract sum which he
executed under S/African National Petroleum Corperation(SNPC) before his sudden
Death. Particularly, the Federal Ministry of finance(FMF) and the Finance
Company where the deceased had his contract fund valued at about
26,000.000.00USD Twenty Six million United States Dollars He died On the 21st of
April 2003, With his Wife and their three children along
sandton express road in a fatal car accident.All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your
embassy to locate any extended relatives this has
also proved unsuccessful.
After these several attempts,to locate any member of his family hence I
contacted you,trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me
down either now or in future. Personally,i kept this information veiled within
my partners and i,to enable the whole plans and idea profitable and successful
during the time of execution.
I got your impressive information through an international business enquiry on
internet. I beleive you will be viable and capable to handle a business of this
magnitude without any problem.Meanwhile the whole arrangement to put claim over
this fund as the next-of-kin to the deceased,gets the required approval and
transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and needed
informations,will be relayed soon as you indicate your interest and willingness
to assist
us and also benefit yourself in this great business opportunity.i could have
done this deal alone but because of my position in my country as a civil
servant,we are not allowed to operate a foreign
account and would eventually raise an eyebrow on my side during the time of
transfer because i work in this bank.
This is why we require a second party or person who will stand as the next of
kin with affidavit of trust of Oath to the bank and also present a foreign
account where he will need the money to be
transfered into,on his request as it may be after due clarification to
designated bank account.Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free.On
smooth conclusion of this transaction,you will be
entitled to 35% of the total sum as gratification,while 5% will be set aside to
take care of expenses that may be incurred during the time of transfer such as
telephone bills etc, while 60% will be for me and my partners.
Dont respond to any other mail with this content or alike,you are advised to
keep this a top-secret as we are still in service and intend to retire from
service after we conclude this deal with you.I
will be monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until you confirm the
money in your account afterwhich we come over to your country for sharing of the
fund according to percentages previously indicated and for further
investment,either in your country or any other country that would be convenient
to invest in. Other informations would be detailed to you when i hear from you.
stating your abilities in this deal. Forward also your private telephone:no and
fax:no for a more proper elaboration. use my private mail for easy contact (

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