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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: "Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:13:49 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend
Pardon me if I have offended you by contacting you for such a big transaction through an ordinary email
which may give room for apprehension in today's world. However, I am inclined to explain this transaction to
you on face to face meeting but I could not do this Because of the situation in the world today and not
being sure of your reaction.
I am Mr.Joe Williams, a consultant and broker from United Kingdom. I am currently in Netherlands because we are
in the process of setting up an office here. I was hired by a Japanese business man to broker an
investment deal between himself and one oil company in Venezuela. This deal was executed in January 1999 and
matured for Termination in 2001. The amount involved is US$ 20,000,000.00 Milliom. On maturity, the Japanese
businessman and the oil firm decided to terminate the investment in cash to Avoid payment of investment tax
which amounted to several millions of U.S dollars to the America internal revenue service (IRS). A special
arrangement was made between a top Japanese banker working with Japanese bank in New York, the oil
company and the businessman to terminate the investment in cash payment under a fictitious name
with an arrangement to change it latter with a power of attorney which they prepared and handed over to the
top banker.
I was directly involved, well paid and mandated to organize and carry out the deal. All the cash was
withdrawn in august 2001 and transported to Europe by direct bank vault to vault delivering to a private
Security storage in Europe for safe keeping pending the Collection. The real content of the boxes were not
declared to the Security storage as it was delivered personal family treasure and diamonds.

Mr. Masaya Kasari the New York business man was planning to go to Europe by mid of November 2001 with
me for the collection when the unexpected happened in September 11th attack on the twin tower which claim
his life and that of the top banker. This left me confused as I have not yet handed over
the deposit details to the owner and the power of attorney prepared for the change which was signed was
still with the banker in his office which was also lost. It was agreed with the storage that the boxes
would be collected on or before 12 months from the date of delivery. Since due date the Security storage
manager has been contacting me to bring or tell the owner to come over for collection.

My friend, since then I have been looking for any reliable person to collect these Funds under Special and
well negotiated arrangement until I got your personal contact. All the needed secret code and identification
and collection are all with me.Be rest assured that this transaction has been well organized, 100% safe, legal,
risk free and should be kept very confidential. Please, contact me for the way forward in this transaction, if
you agree to cooperate with me together in trust. and reconfirm to me with your personal data
as follows.that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum while 50% will be for me, and the other 10% will
be for the expences
1. Your Full Names/Company name and Address
2. Direct Telephone and fax Numbers.
Expecting to hear from you.
Best Regards,
Mr. .Joe Williams
Phone: +31659005891
Fax: +31847301026

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