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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: Thomason Wilcox <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:17:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Business investment

From: Mr.Thomason WilcoxContactEmail: thomason.wilcox@yahoo.comAltenativeemail: thomasonwilcox@outlook.comTel:+27 74205 73 99Dear Sir/madamYou may besurprise to receive this mail since you don’t know me personally, but with dueRespect,trust and humility, I write to you this proposal. I am Mr.thomason Wilcox , theelder son ofHamas wilcox of Dafur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you forassistance ofa business venture which I intend to establish in your country.I got yourcontact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliableand capableforeign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer fund to hisPersonal orprivate account for investment purpose Though I have not met with you before,butconsidering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one hastoriskconfiding in success sometimes in life.There is this huge amount of money(Fifteen Million U.S dollars) ($15,000,000.00) which my late Fatherdeposited with a Financial Security Company in South Africa awaiting Claim beforehe was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now Ihavedecided toinvest this money in your country or anywhere safe for security and politicalreasons. Iwant you to help me retrieve this money for onward transfer to any designatedbank accountof your choice for investment purposes on these areas below:1) TransportIndustry2) Mechanizedagriculture.3} EstateinvestmentWe have tonegotiate on what will be offered to you for assisting me to handle thisProject while25% will be for you annually from the profit of the partnership company weare to establish .Please, read more on the news.www.savedarfur.orgAll I requireis your honest& kind co-operation. I will give you further details as soonas you showinterest in helping me.I wait foryour kind consideration to my proposal Contact Email: Altenative Best Regards, Mr Thomason Wilcox Tel:+27 74205 73 99

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