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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: "" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 06:07:02 +0100

With due respect?
Good Day!!
It is my humble pleasure to introduce myself to you. However, I would need your attention for a moment. I am Mr Majed Alshaikh Mohamed, a citizen of Kingdom of Bahrain, Born in Tripoli Libya but residing and working in Benin Republic as the chief Auditor In Charge Of The Foreign Remittance Unit bank of Africa (BOA) I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of (35.8m Euros) (Thirty Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand Euros) to your account within 7 banking days. This money came from (Khamis Gadhafi), a senior military commander under his father who died in a battle with rebel forces between the villages of Tarunah and Bani Walid in northwest Libya.
I am his personal account manager and this fund was moved secretly to me for a project of building an Estate in Parakou Northern area of this country. Four days after this fund was moved to my care for the Estate building project, the Libya civilian war started. The point is that nobody knows about this money except me. Now the reason I contacted you is because he is dead and the father M. Gadhafi is dead also and nobody can say anything about this fund except me because it was a Secret deal between us, none of his family or relatives know anything about this. So since he is dead I will not allow this money to remain here, I don't want the money to go into our bank treasury as an abandoned fund.
For that reason I contacted you to assist me and stand as the beneficiary/contractor whom we awarded the contract of this building project to claim the fund. Please note that there is No Risk of any kind involved in this business as there is no document of this fund bears the name of (Khamis Gadhafi). My private lawyer will draft a contract agreement between us so that the money will move successfully to your account without any question or interruption by the government.
Though Khamis Gadhafi has been using me to move his Funds and Gold Bar/Gold Dust out of Libya and the last money before this one was used to build a mighty hotel in Parakou, but this last project was unable to hold as a result of the war that leads to his death. Note this fund I am talking about is OVER (200.million EUROS) which I helped him to lodged in our bank Vault for safe keeping which nobody knows about up till this moment, but I just want to transfer 35.8million Euros, the one that we have already budgeted out before he died. 
Please i would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested. Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 45% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business with me and 55% will be for me.
I await your urgent communication.
Best regards,
Mr. Alshaikh Mohamed

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