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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:55:25 +0000

FROM DESK OF ACCOUNT DEPARTMENT,BANK OF SCOTLAND UNITED KINGDOM,TELEPHONE NUMBER +447035939855FAX NUMBER +447053808621 VERY URGENT INVESTMENT PROPOSALATTENTION Dear Partner,In order to transfer out {One Hundred and ten million five Hundred thousand United States Dollars $110.5m from our bank here in Bank of Scotland UK}I have the Courage to look for a reliable person who will Be capable for this important transaction.Believing that you will never let me down either Now or in future.I am sending this proposal to you, that itMay be your wish to work with me. Pleaseyou should help and keep this matter very Confidential for my security here.I am Dr Williams Wright Tel: +447035939855]. manager With Bank of Scotland here in London-UK.We handle magnitudes of funds for big companiesAnd individuals. We had a foreign client (one of the former Australia Leader, Barr,Gordon Maurice) who deposited a Huge sum of money ($115million Dollars)With our bank here eventually, this client Was among the victims of the stampede during One of the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last3 years. And since then we have not had any body comingfor the claims as the next of kin. Due to the Source of this funds was through the public Treasury loot in their country.I have monitored this deposit and managed it over the years before the death of this Client. This client was a Gold Card member of this organization, and I smartly pull outThe password of this Card, which I will giveYou on confirmation of your interest on this Transfer.I know that this message will come to you as aSurprise as we don’t know our self before,But be sure that is real and a genuine business.You are the only person I have contactedFor this great investment now. I therefore request you to confirm your interest Through my private office email address :( the conclusion of this transfer you will be given50% of the total amount, 50% will be for me and I will Give you the fulldetails of the transaction as soon as I hear from you for our own benefits.
I look forward to your earliest reply. Thanks
Best RegardDr Williams Wright
Tele +447035939855Fax +447053808621
Have a nice day and bye for now.

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