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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: Frank Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:11:12 -0700
Subject: Hello

I wish to present this proposal for the purpose of investment in your
country. I prayed over it and I ask God to direct me to the right person.

My name is Frank Taylor, the only son of the third wife to the former
president of Liberia, My father was arrested on allegation of using his
position in the Government to aid smuggling of ammunition and exchange of
Gold and diamond from the Lofia county diamond field, he was also accused
of committing war crimes of various degree, but this is not true it was
just a political vendetta. My father was extradited to the international
criminal court in Hague and was jailed for fifty years.

Please I need your assistance. My father deposited 16.5m USD {sixteen
Million five Hundred Thousand US Dollars} and 150 kg of gold in one of the
leading security and finance company which he used my name as the next of
kin. Before his arrest he instructed me to move immediately with the
documents to a neighboring country to seek asylum, So I moved to Sierra
Leone where i spent some time before I finally moved to Ghana with the help
of United Nation Agency for refugee and presently living in a refugee camp
under the care of a Rev father.

Meanwhile I have located the security and finance company, and have also
discussed the possible transfer of the fund and the release of the gold. My
father left a clause to the security and finance company that I must
introduce a trusted foreign partner who would be my trustee to help me
invest this fund if I am still single and I need to transfer the fund and
gold abroad for investment purpose, that is why I need your assistance, I
request that you be my trustee and assist me in effecting the transfer and
release of the fund to your country.

You will also be responsible for the investment and management of the fund;
we shall also map out a percentage for your assistance. Please let me know
immediately if you can assist me and I will give you more information about
the security company where the money and the gold are lodged.

I thank you in anticipation to your quick response.

You can reach me on this Skype video call, so that we can talk more or
write me through my private email:

Yours Sincerely,

Frank Taylor

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