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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: Felix Mbaye <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:52:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hello my friend,

Hello my friend,
I am Mr. Felix Mbaye, an accountant officer with My Bank here in Dakar Sengal. I gathered your information from my country's international chamber of trade and commerce,

The business I am about to introduce is based on sheer trust and with a sense of purpose.I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the sum of ($7.2M)u.S dollars.

The money and property left behind by Dr.Solomon who died accidentally On the 21st of April 2000, Dr Solomon Komana, his wife and their two Children were killed by rebels on the past crisis in Liberia during the Time of their formal president Charles Taylor near their village called Kuru .

I gathered all this information through a good source after my several routine note to his forwarding address. Because he had served here in Dakar Senegal as a business consultant with the Senegalaise National Petroleum & Gas Corperation.SNPGC and a special ass advise to the OPEC.

Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy here in Dakar senegal to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you as his account officer to work with you before the fund get confiscate or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly.

Now the management has been dlibrating on how to revert this fund to the bank privacy and Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you are a foriegner so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7.200,000:00 can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% will be maped out for any miscellaneous expenses that might incure in the cause of this transaction.

I have all the necessary legal documents to back up this claim, and this I must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong hands. All I require is your honest and sincere co-operation to enable us see this deal through.

I guarantee you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law. Reply me through my e-mail address ;

(, looking forward to hear from you at this private e-mail for security purpose.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Felix Mbaye.

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