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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: cynthia mamadou <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:26:09 +0000
Subject: From: Miss Cynthia Mamadou

From: Miss Cynthia Mamadou
20 Rue Avenue, Bouake,Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Greetings to you dearest beloved One, I am Miss Cynthia Mamadou and my brother Mahdi Jr from Sierra Leone. we are orphans being that we lost our mother at a very tender age and our father Dr. Kabila .M. Mamadou who was serving as director of the Cocoa exporting board in Abidjan, Ivory Coast until his death . He died on the 12th October (2006) through food poison given to him by some undisclosed people who i greatly suspect to be his business associates .Before his death he deposited the sum of $8M USA Dollars in a Finance House and he left an instruction that the money is strictly for investments aboard and be given to my brother when he is upto 25 years or above because he is the next of kin as signed be my late father.
Because of the hostile behaviour of my fathers brothers, and there constant threats to kill us, we had to run away to a nearby village where no one would know or identify us, and it was on these situation that we contacted you .My fathers brothers took my fathers car, and our house and because the are our elders, there was nothing we could do than to run for our dear lifes .i decided to make haste to see that these money is transfered to your account in your country so that we can leave these country before something bad happens to us.
I want you to do us a favour to assist us transfer the money to your country as our Guardian and Investor, and also you will assist us travel to your country and continue our education. we have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production. This is our reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist us, kindly contact us via email urgently. we have mapped out 60% for ourself, 25% for your cordial assistance and 15% for charity homes like the less priviledged because that was the vow we made to God .Finally if you have any question as regards this transaction, please contact us. Please note that the confidentiality of this transaction would be highly appreicated, Please reply as soon as possible Thanks and God bless you.
Miss Cynthia Mamadou and brother Mahdi jr.
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