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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: vivian <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 19:24:51 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Good Day.

Good Day.
I am a girl of 22 years old, By name Ms Vivian prince citizen of cote d'Divoire. I am still a student in one university in GHANA reading law to become a lawyer after graduating. i have a very bad problem now and that is why i'm contacting you for an urgent asisstance. I have a younger brother and my mother died of (T/B) Tuberculoses years back. my father's name is MR LATH PRINCE. my father was a well known politician here in cote d' ivoire.
You may heard over the BBC OR CNN concerning the political crisis happening here, and last year the election of the country was cancelled because of some problem that is going on even till today. This is to tell you how my country is now I thank God that i was not at home when what i am about to tell you happened but it was a deep shock to me and also what i do not think that i can forget so easily.
Is about my father's death, my father was murdered in our house here by unknown people but after a year now i come to realise that it was the hand work of the great poeple in power master minded the act. so i can not fight them i leave vengeance to God. Now is like my father, know what is going to happen he call me one day and told me that the has $ 10.2,million us dollars with a security company here in Abidjan for safe keeping only. And told me that he use my name as next of kin to that money, but warn me not to tell any body about this. He told me that he deposited this money as family valueables in a trunk box.
Now i seek your urgent help to have this money been shipped to your country by the security company as my late father partner in business, and also to help me get resident permit to come and live with you in your country and futher my education there. while you will help me to invest the money in your country since i do not know anything concerning business. You will be given some part out of the total sum and this transaction is 100% risk free. And we are to discuss on the percentage which you are to take from the total money for your urgent help after comfirming that you will asisst in this soonest.
Thanks as you reply urgently.

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