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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: Mohammed Stamps <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:47:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Investment

Dear Sir/Madam,
Re: Investment Capital.
Your contact has been gotten from after a search for a person whom we
can jointly invest Trust in and also solicit a Honourable partnership
I am Barrister Mohammed Stamps and I represent the family of the late
military ruler of Ivory-Coast (Retired Brigadier General Robert Guei)
who was assasinated in a political crisis which led to war in my country
(Ivory-Coast) on 19th september,2002 has interest to do business
relating to investments in your country in areas related to agriculture or
any business of your choice, to initiate a proper and structured
Please let me know what your response will be to an offer to receive
investment funds in cash if:
1. The said fund amounts to Eight Million, Five hundred Thousand
2. The said fund is in cash and will be transferred to you in same
3.The fund is intended to be invested through your agency in the
purchase of facilities and assets, for the said purposes within your country.
4. This transaction will result in you being paid a commission of 10%
off the investment capital.
5.The fund owners desire absolute CONFIDENTIALITY and PROFESSIONALISM
in the handling of this matter.
I want you to bear in mind that this fund is not related to any form of
illegitimacy and will not in the course of this transaction, as this
fund in question was generated from cash payments from my Client(General Robert Guei) business
associates in the diamond trade in Antwerp,Belgium. whether or not you
are interested in assisting us please let us know.
Please respond urgently.
Barrister Mohammed Stamps.
Please if you are willing to assist in investing this Fund, i advise
that you reply me via

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