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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: "Abdulaziz Zainab" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:41:12 +0000
Subject: Seeking your approval

From Zainab Abdulaziz
Cote D'Ivoire.
West Africa

Seeking your approval

My name is Zainab Abdulaziz the daughter of late Alhaji Mustapha Abdulaziz,I
wish to request for your assistance in helping claim my inheritance which
was secure by my late father in a security firm in Europe,I will be glad if
you will absorb me into parnership in your Country.

I have Six million seven hundred thousand United States dollars( $6.7 USD)
that I inherited from my father which I will require your assistance in
helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner to enable the
security firm release the money to you for investment.The money was
deposited with the below conditions

1 That I must be 25 years or above before this money can be release to me,
2 That upon request for the release of the money, there must be evidence of
investment intentions.
3 To invest this money wisely in any foreign Countries.

My uncles have seized all my fathers properties and are about to claim the
above mention money from the security firm. After the death of my father
they have been looking for a way to kill me so as to have full access to to
the money.They dont care about me anymore and I have stopped going to school
due to lack of money that is the reason why I want to retreive and invest
wisely in your country and also continue my education.I have all the
informations and proves that you may need to show that I am the true
benefactor.So I contact you therefore to confirm if you can absorb me in a
partnership in your company 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 money from the Security firm on my behalf and
transfer it into your account and afterwhich, I will come over to your
country to finish my education and commence business partnership with you.

I expect your urgent response including your home or office addresses,your
mobile number and fax number. Thanks for expected cooperation

My regards,

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