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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: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 18:08:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Money transfer to your account.


Dearest One,

We want to transfer to overseas ($15,000,000.000 USD) Fifteen million United States Dollars) from a Bank here in Africa, I want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately
to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing in Good Faith that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am MR ANTHONY DAVID, the Auditor General of banks in Africa, during the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in our bank in the year 1997 and since year 2000 nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records I
discovered that the owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is Mr.Allen P.Seaman, a foreigner, and an industrialist, and he died, since 1999. and no other
person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Allen P. Seaman until his death was the manager Diamond Safari [pty]. SA.

We will start the first transfer with Five million [$5,000,000.000] upon successful transaction without any disappoint from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining rest amount to your account. I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to
a local person here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the a/c Mr. Allen P. Seaman is a foreign national of your
country, [and the money can only be approved into a foreign a/c.

However, we will sign a binding agreement to bind us together before we proceed, I am contacting you for this after reading about your background so that we can join hands together and execute this which will not take us more than 10 oficial working days to conclude, I am revealing this to you
with believe in God that you will never let me down in this project, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send also your private telephone and fax where i will send to you
some relevant documentations for your own records.

I want us to meet face to face to build confidence and to sign a binding agreement that will bind us together before transferring the money to any account of your choice where the fund will be safe. Before we fly to your country for withdrawal, sharing and investments. I need your full
co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account which I will give to you upon your positive response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with instruction of a key
bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business.

I need your strong assurance that you will never,never let me down. With my influence and the position in the bank, we can transfer this money to any foreign reliable account which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for
sharing. The bank official will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place and to build confidence.

I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant
ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25% of the total amount, 65% will be for me and my partners, while 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring.

I look forward to your earliest reply through my email address.

Yours faithfully,

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