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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: "bizzmatts bizzmatts" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:53:13 +0000
Subject: From Michael Alex To You Personal.

Dear Friend,

I wish to use this medium to get intouch with you my name is Michael Alex,Am
The first son of late MR Alex Agu . My father was a very wealthy GOLD and
COCOA merchant who based in ACCRA GHANA and LOME-TOGO respectively, The
economic capital of LOME .He was poisoned to death by his business associate
on one of their business outings. When my mother died on the 21ST october
1999, My father took me and my sister so special because we were
motherless.Before the death of my father on the 29th March 2002 in a private
hospital here in GHANA, He called me on his bed side and told me that he had
DOLLARS)kept currently in a coded security company vault GHANA.

I need a very reliable investor participant who is not known as my
associate, that I could entrust with the PIN ! and Certificate of Deposit to
help me remove the fund since no name were used in securing the vault.He
said that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business
assocaites, That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my
choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purposes,
and also assist me in investing it properly I am honourably seeking for your
assistance. meean while for early information please this money was deposite
in a one trunk box which the security company did not know the realy
content of said this money was actually packed in a Trunk Box and was
deposited as personal family belongings.

(1) To assist me clear this fund from the security company and prepard my
tiket for me to come over to your country immediatly

(2)To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am 17years this june.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my

Moreover I am willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for
your effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your
nominated account.Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within
ten days, from the day you signify interest to assist me.

Awaiting to hear from you.
Thanks and God bless you for your anticipated

Best Regards,
Michael Alex.
From Michael Alex To You Personal.

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