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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: "Mr. Albert Kwesi" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 05:00:23 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: "Response needed ASAP"

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Albert Kwesi, Operations Manager of Zenith bank Ghana.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
October 20th, 2007; Mr. Henry Rocher, a National of France, who used to be
a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in
Saudi Arabia. Mr. Henry Rocher Made a Numbered time (Fixed deposit)
for 36 calendar months, valued at $21, 000,000.00 (Twenty one million
Dollars) in my Branch.

Upon maturity in 2010, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally
we discovered from his contract employers, Shell Petroleum Development
Company in Saudi Arabia that Mr. Henry Rocher, his wife with their
three children were involved in an auto crash, all occupants of the
vehicle unfortunately lost their lives during one of his trips to his
country France.

On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL,
and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore
made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Henry Rocher did not
declare any next of kin or Relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. The sum of $21, 000,000.00
have been floating as unclaimed since 2007 in my bank as all efforts to
get his relatives have hit the stones. According to the Ghanaian law at
the expiration of 5 (FIVE) years, the money will revert to the ownership
of the Ghanaian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund and the
FIVE years is the end of NOVEMBER, 2012.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years
now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Beneficiary
to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at
$21, 000,000.00 can be transferred/paid to you.This will be disbursed
or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claim we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation,
Confidentiality and A trust to enable us sees this transaction through.
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch
with me urgently by E-mail and Provide me with the following;

1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.
4. Age

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Best regards,

Mr. Albert Kwesi

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