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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: "CLARK ANDERSON HEADLAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 20:41:01 -0500

My name is Clark Anderson Headland and I am an artist.
I live in the Australia,with my two kids, four cats, one dog and the love of my life Emma Louise Headland(my Wife).It is definitely a full house. I have been doing artwork since I was a little child. That gives me about 23 years of experience.
I majored in art in high school and took a few college art courses. Most of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer.
I have been selling my art for the last 3 years and have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines.I have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world,But,I am always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans and Canadians they are always offering to pay via cash deposit to an account, which is difficult for me to cash here in the Australia
I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working for me as a partime worker and i will be willing to pay 5% (5 percentage) for every transaction,
which wouldnt affect your present state of work,someone who would help me recieve payments from my customers in the states.
i mean someone that is responsible and reliable,because the cost of coming to the united states to get payments is very expensive,i am working on setting up a branch in the states,so for now i need a representative in the united states who will be handling the payment aspect for me.
These payments are in cash deposit and they would come to you in your name, so all you need do is cash the mooney deduct your percentage and wire the rest back to me.But, the problem i have is trust,But i have my way of getting anyone that gets away with my money,i mean the FBI branch in Washington gets involved.
It wouldnt cost u any amount,you are to receive payments which will be sent to you from my business patners,which would come in form cash deposit in your account then u are to cash it and send the cash to me via western union money transfer or moneygram money transfer,all transfer fees should be deducted from the money after you have deducted 5% of the total amount you have cashed for my company.
If you are interested,please get back to me as soon as possible.
Clark Anderson Headland
N.B:Endeavour to send your reply through my alternative

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