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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: "lugard zhnaga" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 11:45:06 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am LUGARD ZHANGA a Zimbabwean citizen presently taking refugee in GHANA .
Due to crises in my country coupled with the assassination of my late father
MR. DESMOND ZHANGA who was killed by PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE war veteran
association who are calling for the white collection of farm land from all
white settlers which is wrong.

My father due to his stand over these issues fell out with the ruling party
of PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE. Now my mother and my kid sister had to flee from
our country to find refuge here in GHANA. Before the death of my father he
was a major dealer of Diamond and Merchandise .He secretly moved these funds
acquired from various sales in two trunk-boxes and deposited it in a
security deposit company in Ghana. But at the time of deposit he told the
security company that it is family valuables that are contained in the
boxes. The total amount contained in one of the boxes is $20 MILLION USD.
Unknowingly to the security company. Please I want you to know that when my
father heard of the plot by ROBERT MUGABE to kill him, he instructed the
security company in Ghana to move the boxes containing the money to AMERICA

But unfortunately my father could not escape out of ZIMBABWE; he was
eventually killed, though he could not claim the boxes before his untimely
death. The boxes is presently in AMERICA under the care of the DIPLOMAT
that moved it to AMERICA is in the care of the diplomatic shipping company
that take it to AMERICA but the DIPLOMAT or the CUSTOMS don’t know that it
is money that is in the boxes. We have all the vital documents with us, We
need a trust worthy God fearing and experience person that will help us to
invest this money in his country and take us as one family and will also buy
a house for us over there where we can live safely.

We are prepared to give you 20% of the money for that assistance. We are
expecting you cooperation,you can reach me on my private email address
( Waiting you for your anticipated cooperation,
Stay blessed.

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