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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: Mr Abu Ali <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:59:02 -0400
Subject: URGENT.

Greetings to you and your familymy good friend, I am the manager of bill and exchange in the AFRICA DEVELOPMENTBANK (A.D.B) in Burkina Faso, I have a business of $2.3 million dollars to betransfer to your account for investment in your country, if you are ready toassist me get back to me I will give you full details on how the money will betransfer to you.

You must assure me that everything will be handledconfidentially because we are not going to suffer again in life. It has been over10 years now that most of the greedy African Politicians used our bank tolaunder money overseas through the help of their Political advisers. Most ofthe funds which they transferred out of the shores of Africa were gold and oilmoney that was supposed to have been used to develop the continent. TheirPolitical advisers always inflated the amounts before transfer to foreignaccounts so I also used the opportunity to divert part of the funds hence I amaware that there is no of facial trace of how much was transferred as all theaccounts used for such transfers were being closed after transfer.

I acted as the Account Officer to most of thepoliticians and when I discovered that they were using me to succeed in theirgreedy act; I also cleaned some of their banking records from the Bank filesand no one cared to ask me because the money was too much for them to control.They laundered over $69 Million dollars during the process, as I am sendingthis message to you; I was able to divert ($2.3 million dollars) to an escrowaccount belonging to no one in the bank. The bank is anxious now to know whothe beneficiary to the funds is because they have made a lot of profits withthe funds.

It is more than Eight years now and most of thepoliticians are no longer using our bank to transfer funds overseas. The $2.3million dollars has been lying waste but I don't want to retire from the bankwithout transferring the funds to a foreign account to enact bled me share theproceeds with the receiver. The money will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you.There is no one coming to ask you about the funds because I securedeverything, I want to let you to understand that before I contact you Ihave pray and Almighty God direct me to you, this money is coming to youraccount without any delay, do not be afraid all arrangement has been madeto secure this money and safely deliver to your account as the owner, noinstitution will poke nose, promise me when this money is transfer into youraccount you will not betray me. My address is: No.120 Airport road,Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

(i) Yourfull names and contact address…….
(ii) Yourcompany name if any……….
(iii) Yourprivate telephone numbers……
(iv) YourCountry…….
(v) Your age……..
(VI) Occupation……

As soon as I receive this information I shall pestyour name and information as the owner of the account and later I will forwardyou the account number for the claim, but you must keep this details ofthis funds secret from anyone to avoid leakages as no one in the bank knowsabout the funds. Waiting for your urgent response if you are ready to assist meto transfer this fund into your bank account, get back to me immediately.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Abu Ali

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