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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: Justice <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:26:44 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you and your family.

Dear Friend,

Greetings to you and your family.

My name is Mr.Justice Trao, the current Chief Auditor of a formidable
bank here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, I have a business worth of 7.3
Million dollars to transfer into your account for our mutual benefits.I
need your total and 100% cooperation and assistance to realise this
task. Further details about the fund, its source and the administrative
procedure to transfer this fund into your receiving bank account shall
be made known to you immediately as I have your positive response.

You must assure me that everything will be handled confidentially as I
am assuring you that we will never suffer again in life if we can join
hands to make this deal a success. It has been over 15 years now that
most of the greedy African Leaders are using our bank to laundered money
into their various overseas counterparts through the help of their
Political advisers.
Most of the funds which they transferred out of the shores of Africa
were realized from selling of gold crude oil and other mineral
resources, these are the funds meant for the development of our dear
continent Africa and their various Nations being taken away for their
greedy and selfish ambition.

Their Political advisers always inflated the amounts before transferred
into foreign accounts so I also used the opportunity to divert part of
the funds hence I am aware that there is no official trace of how much
was transferred as all the accounts used for such transactions were
being closed after transfer. I as the major Account Officer to most of
those politicians and the then Foreign Remittance Dept Director of the
bank BIB, when I discovered that they were using me to succeed in their
greedy invents, I also cleaned some of their banking records from the
Bank files and no one cared to ask me because the money was too much for
them to control.

They laundered over $890 Million Dollars during the process.
As I am sending you this message, I have the ability to divert Seven
Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7.3M) into an escrow account
belonging to no one in the bank. The bank is anxious now to know who the
beneficiary to this fund is because they have made a lot of profits with
the funds. It is more than Fifteen years now and most of the politicians
are no longer using our bank to transfer funds overseas.

The $7.3 Million Dollars has been lying fallow and I don't want to
retire from the bank without transferring the funds to a foreign account
to enable me share the proceeds with the receiver. The money will be
shared 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no one coming to ask you any
question whatsoever about the funds because I secured everything.
Further details shall be mailed to you if only you show any sign of

Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Justice Trao

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