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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: "Hassan Abubakar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:07:38 -0700
Subject: We need your help!!!

Dear Sir

Assalamu alaikum How are you and your family? Let me introduce myself. I am Hassan Abubakar the eldest son of late Karim Abubakar. I am 25yrs old ,and my mother's name is Jamila Abubakar she's 59years old. I am the next of kin to the metallic strong box containing 8.5 million US$ clean cash which is lying down in Ghana embassy for safe keeping. After my late father's funeral, my mother and I had to move to the Ghana High Commission in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The reason we moved was due to the consignment my late father had shipped to Malaysia before his death.

Dear Sir, the original person who was supposed to clear the consignment on our behalf here in Malaysia as our beneficiary later betrayed us after
my mother had made all efforts to ship the consignment out of Africa [Zimbabwe] to Malaysia. He later called us that he is going to take 60% for the
total fund, that was when my mother stopped the diplomat not to deliver the consignment to him anymore because he is a greedy man. My mother now sent me to
Malaysia to monitor the consignment. That is the reason why we are seeking for your assistance to stand as our new beneficiary to clear the
consignment for us as our trustee. Sir please do render us your TRUST and keep this transaction confidential for security reasons, because the fund is our life and our future. Sir I and my mother have agreed to offer you 30% for your assistance and 10% for any expenses you will carry out during this transaction
including your phone calls. Sir we intend to invest wherever we finally reside and i believe you could be of useful assistance in area of investment. Please kindly reach me.So that I will forward you all the vital document covering the consignment. Sir please do not under estimate our request because it is very
important, we are planning to invest in an hotel business in your country. please kindly send us your full information.

Yours Sincerely
Hassan Abubakar and family

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