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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: Kelvin Jumokoro <>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2009 16:38:31 +0000
Subject: Appericate

Mr. Kelvin Jumokoro
Branch Manager
Eco Bank
Star Tower Branch


My Name is Mr Kelvin Jumokoro, I am the
regional manager of the Eco Bank Ghana Silver Star Tower Branch Accra Ghana. I
got your information during my search through the Internet. I am 40years of age
and married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of
PEACE and don't want problem, I only hope we can assist each other. If you don't
want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact you

I have packaged a financial
transaction that will benefit both of us, as the regional manager of the
Eco Bank of Ghana; it
is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city
Accra at the end
of each year. On the course of the last two years 2007 end of year report, I
discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Ten million seven
hundred fifty thousand dollars (10,750.000.00) which my he ad office are not
aware of and will never be aware of. I have since placed this fund on what we
ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I can
not be directly connected to this money, so this informed my contacting you for
us to work so that you can assist receive this money into your bank account for
us to SHARE. While you will have 30% of the total fund .Note there are
practically no risk involved, it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from
you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the
deposit with our branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your
designated bank account. If you accept this offer to work with me, I will
appreciate it very much. As soon as I receive your response I will detail you on
how we can achieve it successfully.

Awaiting for your urgent
Telephone +233245735244

Best regards,
Mr Kelvin

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