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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.Raymond Coker" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:27:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From.Mr.Raymond Coker

Dear Good Friend,                                                                                  
First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and secret, though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and even worried. But I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.
Let me start by introducing myself properly to you. l am Mr. Raymond Coker, chief credit/ Account Officer of FIDELITY BANK  PLC, Lagos Nigeria. I contact with believe that you are reliably, discreetness and have ability to handle this confidential transaction, which involves transferring of unclaimed fund to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence. THE PROPOSITION A French citizen, late engr. John Edward, an oil merchant and construction engineer with the Nigeria National petroleum corporation NNPC), until his death last five years ago in china air bust (A310-300) flight Kg 30, Deposited with us at FIDELITY BANK PLC in Lagos, US$ 20.5M, (Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only), The Bank now expects a next of kin as beneficiary. Serious efforts are being made by FIDELITY BANK PLC to get in touch with any of Edward's family or relatives but to no avail.
There is a perceived possibility of not being able to locate any of late Engr. John Edward next of kin (he had no wife or children known to us).The management under the influence of our chairman and members of the Board of Directors has made arrangement for the fund to be declared "Unclaimed" and subsequently transfer into their personal account.
ln order to avert this negative development, I, now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to Late John Edward, so that the  fund US$ 20.5Million will be released and paid to your account as beneficiary or next of kin. All documents and proofs to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out. We have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. I have agreed to share the fund this way 50% for you, 50% for me. I am are assuring you that this business is 100% risk free, and need only  maturity from all the parties involved. As soon as I receive acknowledgment of your acceptance of this our mutual business proposal, we would proceed immediately.
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do take advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, get in touch with me immediately.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Raymond Coker

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