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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: "hudsonjohn00010" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:59:01 +0100



*Dear Friend,*
*Please in the name of God i ask for your little time to read this message
carefully to the excellency of our mutual benefit. So please read this email
very gently and tell me what you think, if we can transact it together or
not. And please after reading, if it does not interest you please kindly
delet the mail and keep the secret of what you red within you.*
*My name is JOHN HUDSON, i am the operations manager of Continental Bank
Benin, Cotonou headquters Republic of Benin. I got your information when i
was searching for an oversea partner among other names. I propose this to
you in good faith; I am 52 years old, an Ethiopian white based in Benin
Republic, married with four lovely kids. *
*I have a very important business which i would like to execute with you
which involves some reasonable amount of cash and no risk involve, i have
packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and I, as the OPS
manager in this bank it is my duty to send in a financial report to my
headmen office in Potonovo at the end of each business year. On the course
of the last year business report, i discovered that we made FIVE
MILLI BRITISH POUNDS (£5,000,000.00 GBPS) which our head office do not know
about, and no single staff is aware of this oversurplus extra cash and will
never be aware of it since i have wisely parckaged an arrangement to move
out the money for myself as i intend to retire from service soon. I blinded
the files. I have placed this funds on what we call escrow account with no
beneficiary and awaiting data, so that it would be simply easy for anybody
to claim peacefully.*

*As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so
my aim of contacting you is for you to apply and stand as the beneficiary to
this money and order the bank to transfer it into your account with
immediate effect. As soon as you receive it in your bank account, i agree
that you will take 40% of the total funds as your commission. **There are
practically no risks involved in this event, it will be a bank-to-bank wire
transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the original
depositor of the fund who made the deposit with this bank so that my head
office can order the transfer to any of your bank account that you shall
indicated. I assure you that hence you apply as the beneficiary of the fund
it shall be vividly released to you.*
*If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much. **Email me
with this email address
so that we can go over the details and i will give you my full information
and relay to you more information on the money and explain to you how we
should start the claim. **Remember there is no risk involved, i promise.*
*Thank you in advance and May God bless you and your family. *
*Yours truly*

*Operations Manager*
*Continetal Bank Benin*

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