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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: "mark elvis" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:26:37 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,
It is with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and
assistance in the context stated below,
I am Barrister mark elvis,the personal Attorney
to the late Mr.LARRY moore. I got your contact
through the help of my sister-in-law that works
with the American Chambers of Commerce and Tourism,though I did not disclose
to her my humble intention for an honest foreigner like you, having noted
the confidence reposed on your person by the sponsor of the recommendation.
My late client was the Chief Executive officer
of {Shell Development Company} for 15 years and he was retired on the 30th
day of September2002.After a month, My client and his entire family died on
their way to a Conference in a Plane crash on the 30th day of October 2002.
Before his death my client had a total sum of $16.300,000.00 with a Finance
House hoping of transferring the fund to his country {United States of
America} after his retirement as soon as
he comes back from the conference but the on timely never allowed him carry
out his plans to make the fund transfer.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 4 years now .I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin of my client. I agree to pay you 40% of the fund as
the account owner, 60% for me .
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make, If you are
interested please send the following information.
1)Your full names and address for applying for claim and securing the
necessary documents in your names
2)Your Private telephone and fax numbers
for easy communication and transmitting of
3) Your age/Occupation All I require is your honest co-operation to enable
us see this transaction through .
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my e-mail address to enable us discuss
Thanks and God bless
Mark Elvis

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