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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: "Mirek Topolanek" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 00:13:24 +0100
Subject: Re: Please reply

Can you help me please. I have send this message to a USA gentle man but i got a reply saying it a joke. I have every proof of this funds. I am the first son of the late former Czech republic central bank governor and my name is Mirek Topolanek.
I am having little problem with my government which made me ran out of Czech republic for safety. my late father did business with governors of Korea which gave him a lot of money and my government is questioning my late father funds.
My late father have funds in different account in Swiss Bank and royal bank of Canada but my government have confiscate my late father funds in Swiss Bank account and royal Bank of Canada.
I am having just $60,000,000.00 Million in Natwest Bank which my late father deposited funds in my name secretly and below is my natwest bank account statement which showed it not a joke.
I have access to communicate with my bank officer in Natwest Bank and i need a foreign partner who can receive these funds and invest into a good profitable investment.
I need to hear back from you soon.
I hope I can trust you?
Do you have a company of your own? Or can you get me a company? I ask this so that we can invest together and you will manage my funds secretly.
If we can achieve this, none of our generation will suffer; please don't let this opportunity pass us by.
Write back soon please.
Yours faithfully,
Mirek Topolanek
My Telephone No: +44 703197576
Account Overview        Transfer Funds        Message Center        Update Profile         Upload Passport Photograph        Logout
Welcome Mr. Mirek Topolanek.           
          You have (8) Bank Message(s)       ACCOUNT SUMMARY  Offshore Account
Account Name Mr. Mirek Topolanek Account number: 03220000445588
Previous Balance  $120,900,000.00
Available Balance $60,000,000.00
                                                        TRANSFER HISTORY
Fund Transfer Sender Ehijeff Silly
Destination Account  03220000445588
Credit $60,000,000.00

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