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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: "Mr Lawrence Donell" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:26:50 -0700
Subject: I wait for your kind response

Dear Friend,

I Am Mr. Lawrence Donell the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent&confidential
Business Proposition for you & for our verall mutual interest.On the 6th of
March 2001, our ustomer, an American National, late Mr.Douglas J Stone, an
Oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria,deposited,
a valued amount of US$32Million in mybranch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine
otification to his forwarded address but got no reply. After a month we sent
a reminder, & finallywediscovered from his contract employers NNPC, that
late Mr.Douglas J Stone , until his death Eight years ago in a
ghastlyterroristattack to American Airlines Flight 11, from Boston,
Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, crashed into the North Tower of
the World Trade Center (WTC) with 86 people on board. All occupants of the
Aeroplane unfortunately lost their lives.

On further Investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all
attempts to trace his Next of kin were fruitless. I therefore madefurther
investigation and discovered that late Mr.Douglas J Stone , did not declare
any Next of kin in all his official documents.This sum US$32Million is still
floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled over with the
principal sum at the end of each year. No onewill come forward to claim it.
According to Nigerian Laws, at theexpiration of 7years, the money will
revert to the Ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to
claim the funds.

Consequently,my proposal is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand in
as a Next of kin of Late Mr.Douglas J Stone . This issimple. All Irequire is
your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee
that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on your return
email the following informationfor the transfer in your favor.

1. Your full names as the Beneficiary of the Fund.
2. Your contact address.
3. Your private phone and fax numbers
Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus;

1. I as the Originator of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.
2. You as the Manager of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.

Most importantly, CONFIDENTAILITY as what I saw as the life wire to the
success of the transfer of this Fund must have to be emulated betweenyou and
me. You have to use this media to promise me that you will not in anyway
expose the content of this transaction to anybody be it your friends,
Colleagues and Co-Workers.I will also want you to send your reply to this
email ( as soon as you get this mail to enable us
discuss on the modalities and processes for success of this transaction.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.

I wait for your kind response.

Thanks And Remain blessed.
Mr. Lawrence Donell

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