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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: Sandra Pacom <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:53:16 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: please help me


Allow me to inform you of my desire to enter the dealings with you. I got your name and contact from the Chamber of Commerce cote d'ivoire. I pray more and after that I chose your name among many others.
I think you are worthy of recommendation to my prayers. I appointed Miss
Sandra pacom, the only daughter of the deceased Mr. And Mrs. Pacom.
My father was a merchant of cocoa and gold operator in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, my father was poisoned by his business associates. I would like you to witness your trust me so that I do business with you. So I will have no hesitation to trust you for business simple and sincere.

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father
Took me a charge. Before my father's death on 29 November 2002 in abidjan.
  Before his death he called me at the bedside and explained that he had the sum of ten million five hundred thousand dollars USD ($ 10500,000) in a fixed order / sequence in the lead bank here in abidjan it ' deposited in my name as the beneficiary of this legacy.
He also explained that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. He also advised to seek overseas associates in a country of my choice where I upload this money and emploierai in investments such as real estate management or hotel management.

Sir, I seek your assistance honorably in the following ways: (1) to provide a bank account where this money transfer.
(2) to serve as the custodian of these funds since I only 22 years.
(3) To help me to immigrate in your country with proof of residence so that I can continue my studies.

Thus said, I am available to offer 15% of the total sum that represents my heritage as compensation for your effort after the transfer of those funds from your account.

Furthermore, you indicate your options to help me for knowing
Me, I have faith that this transaction can be done as soon as possible.

I would like to have your views on the matter and that, depending on your availability.

You can contact me upon receipt of this message to my
Thank you, God bless you immensely.

Sandra Pacom

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