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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: Ngoy Philip <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:53:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP///

Dear Friend,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.I am Lawrence Philip the only son of late Mr.and Mrs.KOMLA PHILIP,my father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Lome,the economic capital of Togo.My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on July 2003 in a private hospital here in Lome,he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Fifteen Million United State Dollars.USD ($15,000.000) left deposited fixed in one the prime security vault here in Lome,that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates,that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as Real Estate Managemnet or hotel management.

Sir,I honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1)To procure a profitable investment where this fund can be invested
(2)To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years.
(3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.Moreover,

Sir I am ,willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful claming out and airliftment of this fund to your possession overseas.
Furthermore,you should indicate your immediate option towards assisting me .as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen
(14)working days as you signify interest to assist me.

Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards,
Ngoy Philip.

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