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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: Donald Kaberuka <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 09:46:48 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From Office Of The President African Development Bank

From Desk of the President
African Development Bank, (WWW.AFDB.ORG)
No 12 Tinubu Square, Lagos- West-Africa

Subject: Your Fund Release:

I am Mr.Donald Kaberuka, the President, African Development Bank, This Is to bring to your notice that my office has taken over all the money Transaction originated from any part of African Region and Europe and American counties as Contract payment, Fund Inheritance or Lottery Winning due to Unauthorized / incapability of financial Institutions / security companies in releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, Terrorist and Money Laundry activities going on world wide.

The World Bank Group has Mandated the African Development bank via my office to release funds to beneficiaries,Hence Your Name appears as one of the fund beneficiaries whom their fund was Successfully cleared recently from Terrorist and Money laundry and your money will be released to you on your demand / request. A possible arrangement will be made to ensure that you receive your fund through the two major provisional means as its due process procedure. The Parish Club and other financial institutions are aware of this and has given their approval and signature of authorization.The two major means are as follows: (1) By Deligated officers appointed for a special Diplomatic delivery, (2) BY Telegraphic Transfer. You will be attended to depending on your choice.

As regards to this arrangement, you are advised to contact the telex director Rev.John Kampson through his email:( to work out the modalities with you on how you will receive the funds as you will wish,You are therefore advised to forward your direct telephone numbers, your complete name and your mailing address to Rev.John Kampson for immediate release of your money.

Most importantly be aware that Ten Million Dollars Only (US$10,000,000.00) was allocated to you as part payment. Be also informed that the Fund Approvals and authorization document Including Antiterrorist Clearance Certificate was issued in your name and has been handed over to Rev.John Kampson to release to you through any faster courier company, therefore be aware that your fund has obtained all her clearance to be released to you.

Finally Rev.John Kampson is standby to receive your communication and release your fund to you without any further delay. Make your contact directly to Rev.John Kampson through his Email as:( any time because we are working 24 hours to be able to meet with the mandate given by the world bank and other financial institutions.

It is more better that you make your contact to Rev.John Kampson through telephone for more detailed information as he is a very busy man.His Direct Telephone Number is:234-802-7888-443.(EXT 144)

Thanks for Your Cooperation.
African Development Bank

Mr.Donald Kaberuka (President)



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