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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: =?utf-8?q?Hafard=20Wood?= <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 06:52:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: contact him now

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- Dear Friend,It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction Well I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds without any positive out am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the fund with the help of a new partner from Paraguay Mr Fernando Alvaro Gomez,Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Ac countant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance(F.M.F) and she rendered a tremendous help to us My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully. I would have reached you before now but i misplaced your email and telephone contact on till now that i am able to locate your email address and i have to reach you for you to immediately have your share of $1.5m us Dollars In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds I have decided to compensate you with the sum of$1.5m us Dollars For your Moral support and other related support too for the success of the transaction. This is from my own share I did this simply to show appreciation to you for you kind support and assistance even though we could not succeed due to some on for seen circumstances and reason.Presently I am in Paraguay for investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner Meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me ! in transferring this funds despite the fact that we could ! not ! su cceed I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not In the light of the above you are therefore to contact my lawyer Barrister john smith do send him your contact address wh ere you want the check to be sent to you. his email Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time In the moment. I am very busy here in Asuncion the capital city of Paraguay because of the investment projects which the new partner and I are having at hand So feel free to get in touch with him to send the check to you without any delay.I have signed it and it free from from Fraudulent Check. It is Company check of my Partner who helped me have the transaction a success at last.I want you to get to my lawyer as soon as you receive these Email. Ones again, i am thanking you for all your assistance and i am sorry for all condition that you passed through in resp! ect of the success of these transaction and that is why i told my friend to get you large percentage of the total sum for your compensation. i want you to give directive on how my lawyer can have it sent to you immediately. With My Best Regards,Haford Wood

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