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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: "omar prisca" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:00:55 +0100
Subject: Omar Prisca.(Expecting your soonest respond)

Dearest One,

Good day, how are you and your family? I hope fine? Please, I am sorry to
bother you with my problem.

I know that it's not by mistake that I am contacting you but by the special
grace of God. I am Omar Prisca, 17years old and the only child of my late
parents late {Chief and Mrs. Gabriel Omar} Mymother died when i was a baby.
My father established his business in Accra Ghana, and he died shortly of
heart attack, his death has now made me an orphan and i am exposed to

Before the unfortunate death of my father,he told me about some money
{$9.5 million U.S.Dollars} and gold dust which he kept inside two metallic
boxes that he deposited with a Security Company here in Accra Ghana as a
family treasure. Since the death of my father, my uncles have sent me out
of our house and collected most of my late fathers properties except this
money that they do not know about, they said that i am a female child that i
do not have any right in the family.

I am presently taking shelter in a church with a certain pastor and his
family. My father said he used my name as his only child as his next of kin
to the deposit and in case he fails to make it that I should take care of
myself and get someone to help invest the money for me. I have all the
legal documents with me here and the key to the boxes, my father did not
disclose the content of the two trunk boxes to the security company to
avoid the officials from raising eye brows to it.

Presently I have contacted the security company about my claim of the trunk
boxes but the security company told me that my father made an agreement
with the company management that they should not release the two trunk boxes
to me without a foreign partner that is why i am seeking for your assistance
to help me stand before the company as my foreign beneficiary partner or my
guardian to receive the trunk boxes in your country so that i can come over
to meet you and continue my education. Please help me and stand as my
guardian and contact the security company.

I want you to come down here to be sure of what i am saying and after the
transaction, i will go back with you After you have help me get my

I am willing to offer to you 15% of the total sum as a compensation for your
help and you will also help me with the investment of this money since i do
not have any idea of investment

Expecting your soonest respond.

Thank you and God bless.

Omar Prisca.

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