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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: "suzan catim" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:14:27 +0000



Dear ,

contacts me with this private email

We really know you will be surprise to read from us.

I am Mrs.suzan catim wife of late Mr.Lazarus catim former Chief Security
Advice to Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia. I on behalf of my Son
Mr.stanley catim Jr. wish to

solicit for your kind assistance to transfer into your bank account, this
Seventeen Million two hundred thousand
Dollars ($17.2000.000.00 million). which my late Husband Mr.Lazarus catim
deposited in a bank here in cote D'ivoire.

My Husband until his death was the managing Director/Chief excutive of (Avid
Investment company LTD) as well as the chief security Advice to our country
president,Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia. My late husband was assinated on
Thursday 25 august 2005 by the
Namibia ploice,the police alleged that my husband committed suicide
while in their custody. My husband who was facing trial for misappropriation
of public money along side with Dr.Paulus Kapia the former Deputy Minister
of Works Transport and communication.

Dr.Paulus Kapia former was member board of Directors in my
late husband company (Avid Investment company limited). After the former
minister was indicted in the financial scandal he resign the same the my
husband was assinated.

The police alleged that my late husband shot himself with a pistol which
they claim was to have been wrap in a blanket which I gave him the day he
was arrested.
After the death of my husband the Namibia Government declare me wanted and
also announce that all my late husband properties has been confiscated and
all his known account freezen. Actually my late husband together Dr.Paulus
the former
minister diverted this money meant for security vote to ministry of defence.

when the share the money my late husband deposited his own share in a bank
here in cote D'ivoire.

He also have another money deposited in his company account in Switzerland.
We are here with all the documents concerning the funds deposit.

When I heard that I have been declared wanted by the government I escape to
Cote D'ivoire with my son.

I and my son Stanley are here in cote D'ivoire where the money is been

We are on asylum here in cote D'ivoire,
It is on this note we are contacting you, all we needed from you is to
furnish us with your

bank particulars:

1) Account name

2) Account number

3) Bank address, telephone and fax number

4) your private telephone /fax numbers

I my son have resolve to compensate you with 15 %of the
total money amount, in case of any expenses you in cure while financing the
transferring ofthis money an
additional 5 percent of the total sum will be added to you for your finical
contribution, now all our hope is banked on you and we really wants to
invest this money in your
country, were their is stability of Government, political
and economic welfare. We believe that you are able to keep this transaction
secret for us because this money is our only hope, it is important to us and
besides we don't want people to know our way about.

Please write us immediately after you must have gone through our message
fill free and make it urgent. N.B Try and negotiate for us some profitable
blue chip
investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest with this
money when it is transferred to your account, personally I am interested in
estate management and hotel business, please advise me.

We do not have any business knowledge I was a school teacher, teaching in a
secondary school in Windhoek Namibia. While my son Stanley is a student.

My Late husband used Stanley his only Child as beneficiary / next of kin on
the day he deposited the money, and also told me
before his arrest that I need an assistance of a foreigner with a itimate
bank Account abroad who will stand as co-beneficiary and partner abroad to
ensure a successful hitch free transfer of the

abroad. And promise me and my Stanley that you not betray when the money
enters your account, considering our situation and help us.

Thanks and God bless

Yours truly

Mrs.Suzan Catim

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