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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: mrsjoyceballo <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:18:42 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you for my
only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.i prayed
and got you email id from your countrys christian guestbook which i have
been with my late huband and liked to visit once more if God will in his
infinite mercies.

I am Mrs.Joyce Ballo from Canada,I am 58 years old,i am deaf and suffering
from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain,from all
indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious
that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for
the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very
bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my
late husband for twenty years without a child ,my husband died in a fatal
motor accident Before his death we were true Christians.Since his death I
decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all
the sum of 10million dollars with a First Inland Bank.

Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as
the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long
or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my
behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it

Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in london where I have been
undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. my doctors have told me that I
have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is
invested to any organisation of your choice and distributed each year among
the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home.

I want you as God fearing person, to also use this money to fund churches,
orphanages and widows,I took this decision, before i rest in peace because
my time will so on be up.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the First
Inland Bank.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you
as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated herein.

Please reply me through this my private email <>

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Waiting for your reply

Yours in Christ,

Mrs.Joyce Ballo

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