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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: linda andrew <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:13:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Good Friend

Dear Good Friend

I contacted you,after so many prayers and fasting towards your profile.I choosed you as a good & honest person,whom i can confide all my trust with,in this urgent business transaction.
Let me firstly introduce myself, My name is Linda Andrew,from Coted'Ivoire. The only child of late Mr Joseph Andrew . My mother died when i was a kid and My late father is the owner of J&T Cocoa Industries. But my father died recently and he was poisoned by his brother and before his sudden death,He called me privately and told me of huge amount of money ( us$7,800,000.00. ) Which he deposited in a BANK,here in my country and used my name as the next of kin,as her only child.
Now,i am Orphan of mother and father and I want you to help me out, in providing a bank account,where this total funds, (us$7,800,000.00.) Seven Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars, which my late father deposited in the bank with my name as the next of kin,will be transfered into,over there in your country,for my investment purposes in your country with you. Also you will advice me on a good and profitable investment,which i can set-up in your country,after the successful transfer.
Please, i am honourably soliciting for your kind and urgent assistance in the following ways:
1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.
2) To serve as the guardian of these fund ,since i am 21 years old.
3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to procure to me a residential permit in your country.
Sincerely speaking from my heart, i am willing to offer you 15% of this my total funds, as a reward for your assistance in helping me out. Not only this,you will also be my oversea guidian and take care of all the companies or any business venture,which i will set-up in your country.
Anyway,urgently reply me rightnow, for more details about me and about this my total funds i wants to transfer into your bank account , if you are really ready and interested to help me out in this assistance. I am eagerly waiting to hear from you now
Thanks for your assistance and take care and also may God bless you as you help me out. 
Your new good friend,
Linda Andrew 

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