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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.Ludo Wijngaarden" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 05:38:39 +0100
Subject: PLEASE AND RESPOND!!!!!!!!!


You have not responded to my previous email sent to you in which I
expressed my grave concerns about an investment of a member of your

I am Mr.Ludo Wijngaarden, A member of the supervisory board of the SNS
Bank Netherlands and a Former member Board of ING Bank Netherlands and
also the former Chairman Board of Post Bank Netherlands , Presently
based in United Kingdom on official assignments. I am contacting you
via email because you have not responded to my previous email and I do
hope you will give this matter a priority attention it truly deserved.

I would respectfully request that you treat the contents of this mail
as privileged and proprietary and respect the integrity of the
information you come by as a result of this correspondence because am
contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is
informed of this communication. Hence, I would like to intimate you
with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you and
mutually beneficial if pursued to its conclusion with the necessary
speed and determination.

The Bank is at the verge to closing an investment account of high
value belonging apparently to your family member who reportedly died
intestate Seven years ago leaving behind an estate/capital with
interest of a substantial amount of money in a now bonded account at
the SNS Bank Netherlands and till date nobody has come forward or put
application for the claim. In line with our internal processes for
account holders who have passed away, we officially instituted our own
investigations in good faith to determine who should have right to
claim the estate. This investigation has for the past months been
unfruitful. Hence, it occurred to me that you and I could work on this
matter and share the proceeds equally being that you both share the
same last name which put you in the right position to be the only
suitable apparent heir of the estate though you may not be
biologically related to him.

However, to maintain some level of security/confidentiality, I have
intentionally left out some privileged information and urge you to
contact me today and let?s discuss the modalities/logistics of
realizing this goal.

In compliance with the standard requirements and to double-check with
my record and ensure that you are indeed the addressee of this mail, I
need you to reconfirming your details which include but not limited to
your contact information, your full names (no initial please) and your
age range, (Date of Birth) as prove of maturity to handle a project of
this magnitude. I will provide you with all the privileged
information/legal documents relating to the deceased customer and his
bonded investment account when I receive your information and
double-checked same satisfactorily. I will also guide you through the
entire process of the transaction and ensure that the deal is
consummated without the breach of the laws.

I am aware of the consequences of this proposal and humbly request
that you discard this mail if you find no interest in this project. I
ask that you should not be vindictive if you are not interested in
taking this further. Please notify me and delete this message and
forget I ever contacted you. Do not ruin my career by contacting the
management of my Bank simply because you are not interested in my
proposal. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy
sums out of comparable situations run the whole private Banking sector
in the banking industry. I am not a criminal and neither will you be
one by working with me on this deal. This may be hard for you to
understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this
move. Opportunities like this seldom come and therefore I am committed
to realizing this goal in spite of all odds. I need your courage and
commitment to actualize this transaction and together we can make it

I do expect your prompt response. Or feel free to call me anytime on
this number:

+4470457 74810

While I am still here in London , let?s examine the possibility of a
lasting business relationship.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Mr.Ludo Wijngaarden

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