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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: "MISS SANDRA MOMODU." <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 07:25:11 +0000

Dearest One.

Allow me to introduce myself to you, i am the only daughter of my parents , my father and mother are dead, they died as a result of war in my country Sierra Leone, in west Africa. as a matter of fact, my late father was a director of sierra Leona oil mining co-operations, before my father was killed, he told me that he deposited the sum of $15,Million United State Dollars in a bank here in Dakar Senegal.($15,000.000.00).

He said that he deposited the money to be an inheritance for me in case of emergency or death, now i have succeeded in locating the bank in DAKAR SENEGAL and they are saying that i have to provide to them my foreign partners banking information's for the transfer or that i should instruct my foreign partner to contact them,

This has been a problem to me because i don't know any one abroad, i have even been under going through sufferings because i lost my parents, now i am contacting you to stand for me as my foreign partner to enable the bank to transfers the money into your account so you can help me invest the money over there in your country,

I am willing to offer you the 30% of the total money for your help, i will also like to come over to your country after the smooth transfer of the total fund so i can finished my studies over there in your country.

Please help me it is easy and legal to do this with me, I have are all the documents that covers the fund and as an asylum seeker it is not my legal capacity to put up claims to this fund This is why i seriously need your assistance as my late fathers foreign partner to put up claims to this fund I will forward to you all the documents that cover this fund as soon as i hear good news from you.

Kindly finish me with the bank required information's such as your full name,Mobile phone and fax number, Home and office address and copy of your international passport or any valid identity card.

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this relationship and transaction sincerely.

Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please, do keep this only to your self. do not disclose this transaction to any -person expect your business partners or any person you trust for security reason, Reach me faster through my alternate mail address for security reason, Email

Thanks for your respond,
Best Regards.
Miss Sandra Momodu.

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