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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: "Rogers George" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 23:08:47 -0500


My name is Mr.Rogers George. I am the head of Accounts department of a bank
here in Scotland, United Kingdom. I am writing with respect to an account
that was opened in my bank in 1997 and since my inception into office in
2002, nobody has operated on this account. I have the courage to look for a
reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important

So that I will Pay in Thirty Million Pounds Sterling (£30,000,000.00) Into
your operating Bank account in your country. My attorney was able to contact
a very capable and reliable investor who has promised to render financial
assistance to us through you if only you have a HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT
ACCOUNT.I discovered that if i do not remit this money out urgently. It will
be forfeited for nothing.

Please respond immediately I will use my position and influence to effect
the legal approval and onward transfer of this fund into your account with
appropriate clearance from foreign payment department.

25% will be for you while 70% will be for my attorney and me and 5% will be
for the expenses that will be made by the both party. I will forward more
information to you upon your urgent response also I will want you to send me
your direct phone and fax number were you can be reached at all time.

You are not going to spend any money in this transaction just try as much as
you can to mail me back.

Mr.Rogers George.

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