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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. Paul Christopher" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:39:01 +0100

Good day to you.
And Compliments of day and Happy New Year.This May this be a surprise to you because You Did not give me the permission to do so and Neither do you know me goal before I tell you about myself I want you to please forgive me for sending this email without your permission.      I am Mr. Paul Christopher, The audits director of my bank branch, branch-Tema Ghana, ADB-Bank.
With due respect and regard, I have Decided to contact you on a Business Transaction That Will Be very beneficial to both of us and our families in the future.      I am a Ghanaian married with three kids. I am writing to solicit your help in the transfer of $ 7,500.000.00 U.S. Dollars. This fund is the excess of what my branch in All All All All All All which I am the manager made ??as profit falling on the 2012 financial year. I have already Submitted annual report for That year to my head office here in Accra as I have watched with keen interest as They Will never know of this excess.              
I have since this Placed Amount of $ 7,500.000.00 U.S. Dollars on an Escrow Coded account without a beneficiary (Anonymous) to AVOID trace.      As an officer of the bank, I cannot be Directly connected to this money Malthus I am impelled to request for your help to receive this money into your bank account on my Behalf.
Although Personally, I Kept this secret information Within myself to enable the whole plane and be successful and profitable idea falling on the time of execution.  I agree That 45% of this money Will Be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 5% set aside for Will Be expenditure victims falling on the business and 50% Would be for me.      I do need to stress That there are no risk fairly Involved in this.      It's going to be a bank-to- bank transfer.      All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund so the fund That Can Be Transferred to the the the the the the your account.
This is why and only reason I contacted you, I am willing to invest the fund into your company with your wealth of experience, So please if you are interested to assist on this venture kindly Contacting me back for a brief talk on how to proceed.
I wait for your kind response and Effective reading this email in Question Were Doubts for clarification.
Mr. Paul Christopher
TEL: +233 24 910 9897

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