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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 omini <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 03:57:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Please can you recommend some one to me????

Dearest  One,
afternoon to you, l deem it fit to contact you today based on your
profile which l saw today in my private search, when l was looking for
some one who l will in-trust my future living under his/her care for a
better living of mine, please bear with me. i will really like to have
a good relationship with you, and i have a special reason why i decided
to contact you, I decided to contact you based on the urgency of my
situation here today.
name is Linda Omini. l am a single lady, of 24 years old, the daughter
of Late Chief Dr.Lambert D Omini, my late father was a
successful business man during his day's, it is sad for me to inform
you that l lost my father in a motor accident on the 14th of November, 2006. during the time he was returning from a business trip from
Jackson, Michigan to Ohio (USA), Dear, after four months l
lost my beloved father, his second wife killed my mother so that she
and his children will inherit all what my father left for all of us. 
after my fathers second wife poisoned my mother to death, I wanted to
escape to any where l can be accepted since she's also after my own
life and no where is safe for me to stay with her and his children, but
she went and hid away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents which I'm suppose to travel with. luckily for me as God have his own plans for my life, she couldn't discover where I kept my fathers file
which contains important documents of his deposited money of
US$3,800,000.00.which my father used my name to deposit with one of the
leading financial bank. So after then, since l have no where to run
to, I decided to run to the refugee camp here, where l am today by the
grace of God, presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugees and Now I am
out seeking for your humble assistance for a long term business
relationship between us in your Country. Which l would like you to
invest my inherited money for me in any lucrative moving business in
your country for my future living under your care and control.

l wish to stop here for now as l have no much time to explain all the
details to you as l wish, but please dear, as soon as l hear from you
soon showing your interest and acceptance to assist me as l really need
your help to me now and l am waiting so that l shall send you my
pictures and forward all vital information's to you for
your confirmation to help me out.
Yours Sincerely
Ms.Linda Omini.

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