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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: Mary Ben <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:33:28 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Dearest One,

I am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs James Ben., My father was a highly reputable busnness magnate who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.I'm a deaf girl.It is sad to say that my father passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad in the year 20th.Febuary 2007.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.

But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 10 years old,and since then my father took me so special.Before his death on Febuary 20 2007 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of United State Dollars.(USD$8.500,000 Million) left in a Security Company here in Abidjan, that he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposited of the funds. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was posisoned.

He also gave an out standing instrution to the company that the Consignment must be sealed and well kept until i ask for it. and it was deposited as an atifact to avoid problem or tamparing by the officers of the company.before use,I am just 22 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.
Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction i will come and live with you as a partner and i'm ready to do anything of your choice.This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and i wished to invested under your care with your advise please. I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.
Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me as your partner?
2. Can I completely trust you that you can not betray me?
3.What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your control while i come over and finalize my education?
Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible Immedaitely i confirmed you willingness then i will send to you my picture.And i will need your own pictures as well.

Your's Sincerly Girl,
I await your immediate response.
Thanks and God bless you.
Miss Mary Ben.

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