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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: Leticia Ajua <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 04:55:27 +0800 (CST)
Subject: I expect your urgent response

Leticia Ajua.
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire

West Africa

Dear Sir,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I Come across your profile and have Decided to get in touch with you after my prayer, to see if you can help me alliviate this problem. I can't imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden letter from a remote country far away and probably from someone you are not closely related with. But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish cordial relationship.

My name is Leticia Ajua i was born on the 14th of january 1990. i am The only child of (Late Mr Adje Ajua) Who lost his life in the course of political crisis here in Cote D'ivoire on the 7th of july last year on his way to work.

My father willed in cash, the sum of $14.5Million US Dollars which he deposited One Trunk Box in a Security Company In ASIA, But there is one conditions for the release of the fund which are as follows:

(1) That I must be 27 years or above,
(2) That upon request for the release of the fund, there must be evidence of investment intentions,
(3) To invest this fund in solid business,Such as manufactures factory or company,Real Exstates,or agriculture investment.

I contact you therefore to offer you some 15% from this Total Fund to have you as my guadian and forighn partner to your company in Your country or possibly advise me on any investment opportunity in your country. we shall reach an agreement, that you will stand on my behalf and claim this very Fund from the Security Company in ASIA.

and transfer it into your account there in your country. and after all I will come over to your country to finish my education and commence business partnership with you and the fund.

I expect your urgent response including your addresses, your telephone and fax number.

Thanks for expected cooperation.

My regards,

Leticia Ajua.


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