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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:

Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:28:44 +0100
Subject: Awaiting your REPLY

Hello Dear,,

Am contacting you because, I believe people get to know themselves and
become good friends only but one day, which can lead to everlasting
business and family relationship.

Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have
not met, permit me however. It is with deep sense of honor and respect
that I humbly make this appeal to you with the understanding that any
facts or opinion expressed in this letter is given in confidence and
solely for your personal information and use. I open my arms wide to
do business with you.

I'm An Independent Non-executive Director of Fidelity Worldwide
Investment of UK Assets over 1.5 trillion dollars in combined assets.
I'm assured that you are very capable and honest to transact this
business with me. Few years ago, I used an unclaimed fund {$150
million USD} whose owner has died 13yrs ago and no one has come to
claim the money. I secretly invest the fund in a high interest program
in the Swiss bank, it ran for 7yrs and I made a profit of $30million
USD. I have stopped the program and have returned the capital back to
our bank now it's this $30 million USD profit I made i want to
Transfer out to your Account, but I will like us to pull the interest
I made from the investment and transfer it out of UK to your country.
All I have to do is to name you as the beneficiary and have it
transferred to any bank account of your choice.

I don't know who to contact, that's why I'm contacting you today, i
will need you to partner with me and provide an account where I can
wire transfer this fund and as soon as you have received it in your
bank account, I will fly over to meet you. I will give you 40% of the
money for your help and I will take 60% too. This is 100% risk free as
I legitimately acquired the fund.

If you are interested in this transaction, please do not hesitate get
back to me whit your mobile number so I can call you.

Thank you,

Awaiting your REPLY

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