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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: "Mrs Tina"<>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 02:51:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Please Reply Mrs Tina Kulu, Back!!

MRS. TINA O. KULU, C/O Barrister Ugobueze P. Ego, Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Sir/Madam.

I am MRS. TINA U.KULU Mrs) Widow of the late Col. Kulu T.OBI the former Governor of Delta State of Nigerian. My late husband was one of the victims of the Sunday, October 2005, Bellview Airlines plane crashes aircraft near the village of Lissa in Ogun state, The Pilot of Bellview Airlines flight 210 sent a distress signal just after taking off from Lagos for the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in stormy weather at 2045 (1945 GMT) on Saturday.

The Nigerian Bellview plane which crashed on Saturday came down so hard it left a large crater in the ground.take a look at the bellow website for you perusal:

I have just been informed by family attorney Barrister Ugobueze P. Ego, that my late husband operated a secret account with fictitious name in a Nigeria bank into which total sum of Nineteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($19.5) was transferred and credited in his favour, according to my family attorney also advice that the funds will be pay into your account.

The attorney Barrister Ugobueze P. Ego, Now advised me to seek in confidence a foreign account into which this fund could be transferred for disbursement as directed by my late husband in his will. It has been resolved that 25% will be your share for nominating an account for this purpose and any other assistance you will give in that regard. 10% has been mapped out to payback all local and international expenses,which may be, incurred in the transfer process and 5% has been conceded to the local bank manager here assisting facilitating the transfer.

Finally, 60% will come to myself and my children and good part of this shall be directed towards executing his will which is to buy shares and stocks in foreign country to securities his children's future to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted do send to me promptly by fax through family attorney, the following.

1. The account number to be used for remittance 2. Name and address of your bank 3. Fax and telephone numbers, through which you will be contacted 4. Promptly whenever you attorney/ assistance may be required Please note that I have been assured that the transaction will be concluded in ten (10) banking working days upon my receiving from you the above listed information will commence the process of retrieving the will immediately to hear from you.

May at this point emphasize the high level of confidentiality, which this business demands hope you will not betray the trust and confidence, which is reposed in you. However, you may need to give me sufficient assurance that you will not sit on this fund when it is finally remitted into your account. Please direct your reply by email to my box in which the family attorney will communicate with you towards effective completion of this transaction, please kindly direct your reply at &lt; &gt;


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