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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: david coleman <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 22:20:08 -0600

From MR DAVID COLEMANHead of department
LIoyds TSBUnited Kingdom.For your kind attention,Request for Your urgent assistance/investment /joint venture. Complement of the seasons.
This message could be strange but real if you pay some attention to it,Icould have notified you about it at least for the sakeof your integrity. Please accept my sincere apologies.In bring this message of goodwill to you.In orderto transfer out £15,000,000.00.(fifteen millionspounds sterling) from our bank here I have the courageto look for a reliable and honest person who will becapable for this important transaction, believing thatyou will never let me down either now or in future.
I am MR David Coleman, the auditor and head of computingdepartment LIoyds TSB Bank,United Kingdom. There is an accountopened in this bank in 1995 and since my inception into office in 2001, nobody hasoperated on this account again,after going throughsome old files, I discovered that if i do not remitthis money out urgently, it will be forfeited fornothing.I am contacting you because of the need toinvolve a foreigner with a foreign account as the realbeneficiary. i need your co-operation to make thiswork fine, because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has the correct information to this account, which i will Give to youwhen sure of your capability to handle such amount instrict confidence and trust according to myinstructions and my advice for our mutual benefitbecause I don't want to make any mistake, I need yourstrong assurance and trust.If you are interested,please reply immediately thru thisemail:david_01coleman@yahoo.cominclude your Telephone and Fax number for bettercommunication.
RegardsMR David ColemanTELL....+447988032702

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