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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: MRS KATE <>
Reply-To: MRS KATE <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:53:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

I once again notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered however,if you do receive this message in
your JUNK folder it is due to your internet provider kindly move to your INBOX before responding. I know that this
is not the right platform to contact you in a project of this magnitude because of fraud and scams all over the
internet. I got your email contact from chamber of commerce here where they placed individual names and other company

ln my quest to locate a genuine God fearing person, a good friend and a partner to bring my dreams to a reality, l
have decided to take the bold step to contact you via this medium, l would not like you to pick offence, that l am
bothering you, since you do not have the slightest knowledge about me neither have we ever met.

Good day and compliments of the seasons I am Mrs Kate a widow with children, I have something very importabt to disclose
to you,I deemed it necessary to disclose this important issue to you.

I lost my husband during a political crises in the northern part of the country, Before his death, he had an
account with a bank here, where he made a deposit of US15.5 Millions Dollars with a bank. This money was for the purchase of
cocoa procession machines and development of another factory, unfortunately he did not meet his target before his
untimely death.Why I contacted you, due to the agreement he had with the bank during deposit, I’ve been denied total access to the
money, the bank Manager told me precisely that the money was deposited in a suspense fixed account with a clause
attached to it for onward transfer into a foreign account That the bank will follow the agreement written and
signed by both (the bank and my husband)

I was advised to look for a foreign account where the money can be transferred before I can have access to it I
need your help to assist me receive this fund in your account so that I can be allowed to access this fund I am
desperately in need of assistance as I want my leave to leave this country to your country because of the
political problem going on here every day. I do not want my children to remain in this country any more for his life
safe and I have summoned up courage to contact you for this.

I am willing to offer 25% of this total sum and another 5% for any expenses which you may incur in this transaction, such
as traveling expenses,email messages, telephone/faxes including your time.

70% you will invest for my children to assist them come over to meet you in your country to further his
education But before I give you the bank contact, I would want you to provide me with the below requirements and i
will forward to you the legal documents the bank issued to my late husband the day he made the deposit for your confirmation.

Please if you dont believe me and you know you can not do it please delete this message.

1. Your name
2. Your contact address
3. Your telephone
4. Your age
5. Your Occupation
6. Will you be able to assist my daughter in getting her traveling documents to come over to your country after the
fund is transferred to your account?

I am waiting for your reply.
>From your beloved sister,
Mrs Kate And Children

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