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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: "joseph gary" <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 16:21:44 +0000

From Joseph And Sister.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Dear Respectful.
Warm greetings to you and your family in the name of ourlord Jesus Christ. I
introduce my self to you with all faith, trust and hope you will understand
to assist us not to betray us at the end. I was 20 Years old boy when my
father died in a gold mine in MENDE, Republic of Serria Leone .He was into
legal gold minning,he has succeded in saving the sum of Ten million,five
hundred thousand United State Dollars.USD($10.500,000)in a trunk box
consignment deposited in safe Security company in Abidjan that he decleared
and registered this consignment to the company as containg family valuable
for security reason during his Business on Gold, before he went on a trip to
Republic of Cote D'Ivoire West Africa near by country to our country to save
his money for security reasons because of the political problem in our

Since the death of our father our step mother has been trying to kill us,
she has been given us a lot of problem and she have collected every thing
from us and now she still need the deposit certificate to claim this fund
but I can't give this to her because is all we have to leave with. I am 22
years while my sister Lora is 20 years old of age we still need to go to
school and have a better education and start a new life. Our step mother
knows that our dad has such money but she don't know where exactly the fund
is been deposited.

Right now we are hiding in a refugee camp in Ivory Coast. Our father used
my name 'Joseph Gary'as the next of kin to the deposited fund. And we ran
away with the deposit document,so nobody have access to the money now except
me and my younger sister Lora. We need help from you to asist us to transfer
this money to your country for investment and who will be sincere to invite
us to his country without cheating us or doing bad to us on my arrival with
my sister,

we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum after the shipment of the
consgnment to your cuntry as compensation for your effort/input.Please mail
me urgently to know your stands before looking for help elsewhere, you're
the first person we are contacting in this isseu. Please permit me to ask,
can you honestly help us as your own people and can we completely trust
you? We are kindly requesting for this vital information from you if you
agreed to assist us out of our problem:

(1) Your full name (2) Your Personal telephone number and fax.I will also
want you to tell me more about yourself in your reply to my letter to you.
Thank you for your signify interest to assist me and my sister. Hoping to
hear from you soon. May God bless you and preserve our friendship in good

Best regards
Joseph Gary and sister,

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