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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: "david donard" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 21:56:21 -0500

Dear Sir/Ma
I am Donard David [jnr] the son of late former Director of finance,Chief
Donard David,diamond and mining corporation.
I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this
proposal.My late father diverted this money meant for purchase of
Machinery, for my father's company, during the peak of disastrous military
my country, now he has deposited the money with BANK in Benin
Republic,where I am residing before now with my father's property in Nigeria
with my younger sister.Now the war in my head of the family is now on with
the help of my father's Attorney they are planning to freeze their
account and confiscate their asset,it is on this note that my father's
Attorney call me to find a full reliable person for my own that is why I am
contacting you, all I needed from you is to furnish me with your bank
particulars:Telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account,
the said amount is (FIFTEEN MillionDollars) $15.Million. I am
compensating you with 15 % of the total amount of the fund, now all my hope
is banked
on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country, their
is stability of Government, political and economic welfare. Honestly I
want you to believe that this transaction is real and never a joke. My
late father Chief Donard David gave me the photocopies of the
certificate of deposit issued to him. BANK on the date of deposit, foryou to
clarify because, I do not expose my self to anybody I see, I believe
that you are able to keep his transaction secret for me because this money
is the hope of my life,it is important. Please Reply me immediately
after you must have gone through my message fill free and make it urgent.
That is the reason why I offered you 15 % of the total money amount,
and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incure during this
N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment
opportunities which is risky free which Ican invest with this money when it
is transferred to your account, personally I am interested in estate
management and hotelbusiness,please advise me. immediately you receive
this message formore explanation.And promise me my younger sister to be a
father considering our situation and not to betray us.
Thanks and God bless.
Best regards.
Donard David

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