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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: karl newe <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 17:47:52 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend, First of all I want you to Know that this is not a scam mail.Because based on what is going on all over the internet world, people find it very difficult to believe things like this any more.If you can guarantee me from your own side, your trust,honestly I will be able to work with you.I will appreciate if you can come down your self and see things for your self before we proceed and this will make things clearer for you.I am Karl U. Newe, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the WILL of late client Mr. Richard Gordon,who worked as an independent oil Business magnate in my country, and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2004. Since the death of my client in Nov, 2004,I have written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives who shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned Fund and all such efforts have been to no avail.
After the transaction has been accomplished 40% will be for the person involved, 10% for miscellaneous expenses and the remaining 50% for me. Please if you feel interested, I crave your indulgence to please contact me through this my email address.
As I have said earlier, I want you to know this present situation and not to take this as a scam mail, all I need is your help and support so that we can both carry out this project.
I decided to contact you so that we can talk and see how we can both put heads together and achieve this.
On this note, I wish to present you to the finance company, as the surviving relative to the deceased so that we can put in claims for payment with your name as the beneficiary of the fund.
I will apprecaite if you can send me the following, 1.Your Full Names.2.Your current Mobile telephone and fax numbers. 3.Your age. 4.Occupation.5.Your Current address.
This will enable me file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money in your favour.
I intend to invest my shares in your country under your management in any viable business venture.
I will send you more details as soon as I heard from you. Yours faithfully, Karl Newe.

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