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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: "Sgt.Dorothy Mccausland" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:38:25 -0400

How are you doing today? I'm delighted to write on a very important venture, meanwhile, before I go further unfolding details of the venture; I see it very important to briefly explain myself to you. I'm by name; Sgt. Dorothy Mccausland, an America Military Medical personnel, serving here in the 25th Infantry Construction regiment.
As you very well know, Afghanistan is gradually undergoing a rebuilding process in some parts and there is much need for reconstruction. As stated above, I specialize on treatment evaluation and offer professional medical safety advise. In no doubt, work has been risky and challenging as we sometimes collide head on with armed insurgents and loose some devoted soldiers during confrontation.
On the early hours of 4th June. 2012 I lost a friend whom I had known for 12years during one of these confrontations. It was a very sad day but at about 1100hrs during a normal inspection routine along Haifa Street, built and occupied by the Afghan Insurgent(s) and one of the predominant hide outs of the Al Qaeda and Ayman al-Zawahiri forces. I, alongside with 2 soldiers proceeded to a marked site and as I commenced evaluation under close guard by the 2 soldiers, I discovered an unusual bulge in a cellar, which I presumed to be storage room and as I proceeded to have a closer look at it, I kicked a metal covering and found several metal boxes (6 in number) Piled on top each other and locked with a padlock. On forcing the boxes open, we discovered several armored weapons including bullets. One of the boxes was filled with hard drugs (heroine) and two to my amazement was filled with cash. Though this is not the first time such were discovered.
Why I am explaining all our findings to you?
1) is to seek for your assistance and immense contribution to actualize the dream of moving the funds to you.
2) The basis of the transaction would be based on sincerity of purpose.
3) The transaction would be of mutual benefit to both parties.
Please understand that we are in desperate need of a reliable and trustworthy person who will partner with us to realize this objective. The funds would be moved under severe diplomatic immunity coverage so as to secure and protect these packages from all form of interception by any security organization. So on this note; I will be anticipating greatly hearing from you as regards to my request. Comprehensive details of the transaction will be communicated to you in our subsequent conversation, but that would be when we must have established good working relationship in this regard.
Sgt. Dorothy Mccausland.

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