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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: "Odinga Jerome Corsi Jnr" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:04:16 -0700
Subject: Please, Read Carefully And Respond To Us.


My name is Jerome Odinga, my sister and I are Kenyan Nationals,who is currently at the refugee camp here in Accra-Ghana.Please i will like you to assist me and my sister to retrieve and receive our consignment over there in American that contains $25million United States dollars and some quantity of gold and Diamond, which I cannot specify.

The consignment is presently in American.The consignments get to the state through the help of a diplomatic courier agent Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN that makes deliveries to different countries aand can deliver our consignment to you. The fact is that Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN is suppose to have delivered the consignment which is TWO TRUNK BOXES to a man called MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON in America.The week Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN is suppose to deliver the consignment to him, when he got to American after clearing the consignment from the Airport,he call MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON to tell him the description to his house. for the delivery,but his wife answered the call and told Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN that her husband MR. WAYNE RICHARDSON hard a fatal car accident which lead to his death some few hours Later.

MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON has already paid the demur rages from the security company, he paid for Bullion van that took the consignment to the airport and he paid for custom check report he also assisted us in getting the DRUG / ANTI TERRORIST CERTIFICATE, but he has already acquire it,but unfortunately he died in that car accident, that was why Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN has to deposit the consignment with a warehouse over there in American and called us to informed us about what is happening,and told us to look for a new beneficiary to received the consignment.So please we will like you to assist us to received the consignment from the diplomat in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA NOW.

Please kindly get back to us so we give more details and confirm you to the diplomat as our new benficiary.

Please, do reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
Jerome & Jane Odinga.

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