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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: Jonathan David <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:42:03 +0000
Subject: Please reply soon.

Kind Attention,

I am Jonathan David, a Lawyer in Lome-Togo, Mr.Joerg Jiri, a gold merchant
who was my client died as a result of lung cancer. Now i want to present
your name to Mr.Joerg's bank,so that the money left behind by Mr Joerg can
be transfer to your account through my help.

The money value US $10.5M was lodged in a local bank here by Mr Joerg
before his death on 21st April 2006, I need your information so That I can
present it to the bank for furtherproceeding: Please Your full Name and
Address, Your Age, Occupation and Position,your Telephone and Mobile number
for Communication Purpose, email address and Please reply through my
personal email, so that I will
send more details of Mr. Joerg to you.

yours Faithfully,

Barrister Jonathan David,Esq.
Tel:+228 9155 8030,Tel :+ 228 9928-6649.
My private
Senior Advocate, International Legal Practitioner


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