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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: "Mrs.Lida Garth." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:38:43 +1000
Subject: Hello friend.

Hello friend.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this e-mail meets you in a perfect condition. You may not understand why this e-mail came to you.

But if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the security company to my new partner's account in London that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1.5 Million US DOLLARS. I have left an international certified bank draft for you worth the sum of $1.5 Million US DOLLARS cash-able anywhere in the world or any bank of your choice.

My dear friend I will like you to contact Barrister Larry Dave for the collection of this international certified bank draft i have authorized him to release the international certified bank draft to you as soon as you contact him regarding this issue.

At the moment, i will be traveling to London and I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner are having at hand.

I have paid for the delivery charges and also the insurance fee, the only fee you will have to pay Barrister Larry Dave is the monthly demurrage fee which Barrister Larry Dave would pay the security department that are guarding your international certified bank draft since the date of deposit.

Be very fast in contacting Barrister Larry Dave, because you will be charged only one month demurrage fee, which will cost you only just {$250} So I urge you to contact Barrister Larry Dave as soon as you receive this email and send the {$250} through Western Union or Money Gram Transfer to the manager in charge.

Please kindly accept and comply with Barrister Larry Dave, so that he will send the Bank draft to you without any delay.

Contact Person Barrister Larry Dave,
Telephone: +234-806-0558-873

Therefore, you should reconfirm to him your full infromations below where you want him to send the Bank draft to you.

Legal Names:---
Phone Number:--

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Best Regards

Mrs.Lida Garth.

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