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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.Abdul Samad Rabiu" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:16:25 -0700

Dear My Good Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to
a Swiss Account with the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay who is an
international business man.

Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total
sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. So I have given my
Secretary instruction to send your Debit Card/ATM which contains the sum of
$900.000.00 usd (Nine Hundred thousand Dollars only}) on your name which I
have used as a compensation for your past effort.

Now contact my secretary her contact is: Miss .Rose Oba
Address: Plot 283A Akin Olugbade Street Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria


Ask her to send you the total $900.000.00 usd Debit Card/ATM (Nine Hundred
thousand Dollars only}) which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at
that time very much.

So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Miss .Rose Oba and
instruct her where to send the Debit Card/ATM to you. Please do let me know
immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering
at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment
projects which I and my new partner are having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to receive that Debit Card/ATM containing $900.000.00, so feel free to
get in touch with Miss .Rose Oba and she will send the Debit Card/ATM to
you without any delay.

Therefore, you should send her your full Name, Your ID if any, telephone
number and contact address for his reference and make further arrangement with
her on how you want to receive your Debit Card/ soon as you receive it,
you let me know.

Best Regards.
Mr.Abdul Samad Rabiu

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