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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: "Johnson George" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 17:44:58 +0100
Subject: Urgent & Confidential.

Urgent & Confidential.

Hello Sir,

Greetings from Cotonou,

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a
hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. We want to transfer to an
oversea account ($21,300.000.00 USD) Twenty one Million Three Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) from a ECOBANK here in COTONOU, REPUBLIC OF

I want to ask you, If you are not capable to quietly look for a reliable and
honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank
account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even
an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain
honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and
believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr. Johnson George, presently promoted to Auditor General of ECOBANK.
During the course of our auditing last week, I discovered a floating fund in
an account opened in the bank in 1998 and since 1998 nobody has operated on
this account again, after going through some old files in the records, I
discovered that the owner of the account died without a [Heir/WILL] hence
the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will
be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account Mr. Morris Thompson an American and great
industrialist and a resident of Alaska, who unfortunately lost his life in
the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crahsed on January 31
2000, including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the
money. You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this site.

No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the
account has no other ben eficiary and my investigation proved to me as well
that the account is a secret account.

The total amount involved is Twenty One million Three Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars only ($21,300.000.00) and we wish to transfer this
money into a safe foreigners account abroad. But I don't know any foreigner,
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be
approved to a local person here, but to a foreigner who has information
about the account, which I shall give to you upon your positive response. I
am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down
in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting
for this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the
next step to take urgently.

I need your strong assurance that you will never let us down, me and key
bank officials who are deeply involved with me in this business. I guarantee
that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. The bank official will destroy
all documents of transaction immediately wereceive this money leaving no
trace to any place. I will use my position and influence to obtain all legal
approvals for onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate
clearance from the relevant ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25% of the total
amount, 70% will be for us,while 5% will be for expenses both parties might
have incurred during the process of transferring. I look forward to your
earliest reply.


please Reply to;

Best Regards,

Johnson George.

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