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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: "Dr Emillia" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:26:27 -0700

Hello , I saw your profile/data and see the area of your project  and decided to contact you over this deal.
Firstly, I must inform you that internet is not the right place to communicate over this deal but as situation warrant. So in this effect, I will be glad if a meeting will be scheduled to enable us have a face to face discussion.
Sincerely speaking,I understood the reason why people finds it difficult in trusting strangers in this wicked world we are living. But in this case, transparent,honesty and truthfulness  is my watch world and I cant wait to prove to you the authenticity of this deal.I believe in practical  demonstrations. By this, I mean that you should make yourself available  so that you will see everything with your own eyes. Not by mail or by phone.
More About me.  My name is Dr. Mrs. Ada Emillia Ahmed Bin  Venezuela Citizen married to Libyan and wife of late Retire General Ahmed Diko Bin, who was shot dead during the civil war in Libya. ,My late Husband was Financial adviser and business associate with Mr.Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi that deals in Crude Oil lifting, Gold Dust/Bars situated in Tripoli-Libya. I was married with 6 kids,two boys and four girl.I lost my two daughters during Libya War last year. it was a terribly situation for me and my Family Right now in the desert.
My late Husband served together in the Libyan  Revolutionary Army with the former late president of Libya,late Connel  Muamar Gaddafi, based on the cordial relationship with my late father when they were serving togather as Soldiers.Immediately the war to unseat Gaddafi started, he appointed my late husband as his Campaign Director to go across all Libya ,North Africa and Middle East, to convince every Libya citizen and friends to vote him back as a civilian President. Late Muamar Gaddafi brought out  huge  amount  to be used in realizing his dream to come back as a civilian president in Libya which he used my husband name as the beneficiary to move out the fund out of Libyan Central Bank. But unfortunately both of them could not survive the civil war, there is no way the money could be taken back to the Central Bank of Libya since am the only one that knows about this transaction and my husbands name stands a
Right now I am  looking for a trustworthy and reliable person who will assist to receive the sum of huge amount to be disclosed  in your country for investment. The money is clean and pure cash.  What I want is for an investor who can assist to receive and secure the amount in your country for proper investment of the fund.
Once I receive your mail indicating your genuine interest to partner with me in all honesty and trust, I will then furnish you further on how we can bring in the said amount that has been moved out of Libya completely country to your country, Again you must make sure you keep this confidentiality that this requires including the picture must be kept a top secret, as the new government in Libya is now clamping down on all the associates of late President Muamar Gaddafi  currently i am on hiding but will let you know where i am as we progress genuinely.
Best Regards,
Dr. Mrs. Ada Emillia
Your indication of interest to this great opportunity proposal shall be highly appreciated,
1...Do you have the Financial Ability to help us handle the fund?
2.. Do your account have the ability to accommodate huge amount of  fund?
3.. The fund is completely out of Libya?
4.. What is your nationality?
5.. What is your position in your company?
6.. What area of investment do you think this amount will be invested?
7.. Have you received money overseas before?
8.. What is your full name
9.. What is your phone and mobile.
10..Do you know or have idea of Gold Bar and Dust?
11.. You will need to open a non resident offshore account in the country where the fund was lodged in the bank vault to enable the bank make the deposit in your account with them for further remittance to your account in your country.
12.. Do you know any buyer who can travel down to where the Gold is lodged to enable him see, pick up sample straight to the refinery to confirm the purity before discussing on the affordable price to be given.
13.. The quantity is valued  250 Gold Dust Kilos and 125 Kilos Gold Bar which was moulded in A kilos each.
Product: Gold, 22 carat +, 93% Purity or better
a)    COMMODITY:    Aurum Utalium (AU)
b)    FORM:      Gold Dust
c)    PURITY:  93% +
d)    FINENESS: 22 carats

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