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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: "Omar Al- Said" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:15:12 -0400
Subject: Greetings,

I apologize for using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to the urgency and nature of the issue at stake, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this project/transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality.
Let me use this opportunity to introduce myself briefly to you,I am Omar Al-Said, principal secretary and a close confidant of the  Syrian oil minister Sulaiman  Al Abbas. I am presently in Syria right now and as you may know there is a serious crisis and war going on in my country Syria at the moment.
The honorable minister has mandated me to seek the  assistance of an honest and reliable foreign partner to secure  and release the sum of US$60,700,000.00 (Sixty Million Seven hundred thousand United States Dollars only) to any safe country as far as we can be assured that it will be safe in your care pending when we will get out of syria as we do not know when this war will be over if at all it will end. This money is genuine, and was derived from  over invoicing and compensations from various Oil Companies operating in Syria over the years, we were  able to secure these funds  in a security firm in my country.
1. You will give us 70%  of the total sum as soon as you take full custody of the  funds, while 25% will be for you  and  5% should be set aside for any miscellaneous expenses that might arise from your side in the course of this transaction.
2. This transaction must be kept highly secretive as we are  still in active service to avoid public notice and all correspondence will be strictly by email for security reasons,We will talk on phone intermittently if need be.
3. There should be no third parties involved from your end or ours as most problems associated with transactions of this magnitude  are caused by intermediaries.
If you agree with our  conditions and ready to go ahead with us please kindly get back to me with your personal details i.e full name, contact address and private secure telephone number or text me on my private satellite UK  phone number +44  11 3320 5168.
Once I receive your positive response  I shall then intimate you with the procedures  and process we will undertake and get the funds over to you safely without any hitch.
While thanking you in advance remain blessed as we enter this new venture together.
Yours Faithfully
Omar Al- Said

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