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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: "sese zugulu" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 19:11:55 +0100
Subject: Good Morning!!


My name is Sese Zugulu a Zimbabwean citizen presently taking to refugee in
Ghana. Due to crises in my Country coupled with the assassination of my late
father Mr,Desmond Zugulu

Who was killed by President Robert Mugabe war veteran association who are
calling for the white collection of farm land from all white settlers which
is wrong.

My father due to his stand over these issues fell out with the ruling party
of President Robert Mugabe. Now my Mother and my kid sister had to flee from
our Country to find refuge here in GHANA.

Before the death of my Father he was a major dealer of Diamond and
Merchandise He secretly moved these funds acquired from various sales in two
trunk-boxes and Deposited it in a Security Deposit Company in Ghana.

But at the time of Deposit he told the Security Company that it is family
valuables that are Contained in the Boxes.

The Total amount contained in the two boxes is $20 MILLION USD and 25Kg of
Gold Dust Unknowingly to the Security Company.

Please I want you to know that when my father heard of the plot by Robert
Mugabe to kill him, he instructed the Security Company in Ghana to move the
boxes containing the Money to America by diplomatic Courier Service.

But unfortunately my Father could not escape out of Zimbabwean he was
eventually killed, though he could not claim the Boxes before his untimely

The boxes is presently in greenville south carolina America

Under the care of the Diplomat that moved it to America is in the care of
the diplomatic shipping company that take it

To America but the Diplomat or the Customs don't know that it is Money that
is in the Boxes.

We have all the Vital Documents with us, We need a trust Worthy God
fearing and experience person that will help us to invest this Money in his
Country and take us as one

family and will also Buy a house for us over there where we can live safely

If you are interested please send me your,

1) Full names:
2) private Telephone and Fax number:
3) current residential address:
4) Age:
5) Occupation:

To my Private Email: (

Send me your fax number so i can fax all vital documents regarding to this
transaction,We are prepared to give you 20% of the money for that

I am Waiting for your response




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