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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: "Mr. Cole" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 20:09:12 +1100 (EST)

Dear friend,

I know this mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to
ignore it could come into your mind but please consider it with a divine
wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility. Before proceeding, I
wish to introduce myself to you; I am Andrew Cole a staff of Natwest Bank
plc London. I am the head of the accounts department.I am pleased to get
across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal which I
believe will profit the both of us after completion. I contacted you after
a careful thought that you might be capable of handling this business
transaction, which I explained below.

The sum of ( £ 18,500,000.00 Million Pounds), has been floating as
unclaimed since 2000 in my bank as all efforts to get across the relatives
of our client who deposited the money have hit the stones. There is this
immigrant Mr. Andreas schranner, property magnate who was based in the
U.K., who happens to be one of our very good clients. On the 25th of July
2000, Mr. Andreas schranner, his wife Maria , their daughter Andréa eich,
her husband Christian, and their children katharina and maximilian all
died in the air France concord plane crash bound for New York in their
plan for a world cruise.

All attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. My position here at
my office requires me to investigate and I therefore made further
investigations and discovered that Mr. Andreas Schranner did not declare
any next of kin or relation in all his official documents, including his
bank deposit paperwork in my bank. According to the British Law. The money
will revert to the ownership of the British government if nobody applies
to claim the fund.

To avoid this money being sent to the British treasury as unclaimed funds,
I have decided to seek your assistance to have you stand as his next of
kin so that the said fund ( £ 18,500,000.00 million pounds), would be
released in your name as the next of kin and paid into your account.All
documents and proof that will have you claim this fund will be forwarded
to you without any stress upon your response to this mail more soon, I
want to inform you that I have
unanimously agreed to offer you ( £7.2M ) of the total sum for the
assistance and role you are going to play in this transaction,(£2.8 M
)will be given to charity organizations in your country with your
supervision while the remaining will be for me. Please send your
confidential telephone and fax number in your reply to this business
transaction. Please Channel your response to:

Kind regards,

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