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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: "MUKHTAR iDRIS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:57:57 +0200

My names are Mukhtar Mohammed Idris,I am 34 years old from Libya I was called upon in the UK,
by my late father, to come back to Libya, for a family meeting on how and where to place a new resident location out side Libya, when the crises in Libya started newly, on this process, my late father was killed, by Gaddafi,
due to the fact that he resign from Gaddafi's Government, as the Director of
Petroleum, in the South East of Brega, just because of the killing and assault, he
placed on his citizens, both big and small, so now me and my mum, with my brother, who
is just 12 years old, we are off the coast close to the desert as am sending this
message to you, and am opportuned to have gotten a little access of internet here, in
the coast east, due to the NATO net work service, and this is why i have the access to
communicate with you in regards to this venture.

Please bear it in mind that, this is a big benefit of success in your life, if you
are honest, truthful, and have the fear of God, and also work towards the procedure,
because this is what my late father labored for good 30 years, before he died, now my
mum has gone deaf, due to the Plaster Bomb strike and she is also, not in good
condition as at this moment.

The money my late father left behind , is still in care of the Barrister, so now, i
will present you as my late father's representative, to receive the fund from the
Barrister, this reason was due to the fact that, the Barrister has been sending us
information to look for a foreign partner to receive this fund on our behalf, because,
there is no way my self, my mother, neither our surname, will be presented to receive
this fund by our self's no way, it will be a big problem for us, because the
Government of Libya, which is now a National transitional council,(NTC)Headed by Moustapha Abdeljalil, they are still looking for us those who served during Ghadaffi's tenure so that they could seize the funds found on them,now that Ghadaffi is no more ,so
this is just the reason why i have contacted you, to work towards the procedure with the Barrister to receive the fund from him.

For your information, The Barrister is now in England and as soon as you reply back
to my email, i will urgently forward the information of the Barrister to you, to
enable you contact him for the urgent release of the fund.

I will be glad to hear from you, as we shall also discuss how to disburse my own share
as soon as the fund is out to you.this is my email address


Mukhtar Mohammed Idris

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