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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. Hassan Koh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:41:16 +0900

YOUR REF: 89007/2010
Good Day to you !!
This is to intimate you of a very important information which
will be of a great help to you
if you are there to read this message.
I am Mr. Hassan Koh the Finance Director Of the Compensation
Office North Carolina District.
There is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr.
Joseph , who is presently
trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained
that you entered into an
agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund.He is
also ready to pay for the
release charge of $290 USD on your funds which makes us want
to make this last confirmation
before going ahead to pay this Mr.Joseph Wales.
Here comes the big question. Did you sign any deed of
assignment in favor of ( Mr. Joseph Wales )?
Thereby making him the current beneficiary the sum of
$2,500,000.00 with the
following account details:? Mr. Joseph Wales , Acc/number:
6503809428. Routing number:122006743,
b/name: citi bank, address: new york ,usa, we shall proceed to
issue all payments details
to the above named person if we do not hear from you within
the next five working days.
Respond to this e-mail on ( with
immediate effect and we shall
give you further details on how your fund will be released.
Just like i said ealier supposed
beneficiary Mr. Joseph is ready to pay the only release charge
on your funds which is $290
USD,if we allow him pay this fee that authomatically makes him
the owner and the money will
be transfered into his account so do respond to this message
if you are alive so that we can
be sure of doing the right thing due to the hugh amount of
money involved. Also call me as
soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an
immediate response:
Below again is My Contact Info:
Contact Agent Name: Mr. David Morgan
Email: ( )
If you are alive then i want you to email me and i will be
giving you instructions on how to recieve
your funds.
Get back to me with the below informations so that i can
inform you how you are to send the
only needed charge of $290 for the release of your funds which
we told Mr. Joseph not to pay
yet untill nothing is heard from you in 5 working days which
will make us believe that
truely you are no more and that Mr. Joseph Wales is right.
Mr. Hassan Koh .

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