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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: walter julie <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:18:14 +0700

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Julie Walter the wife of Mr. Harry Walter my husband worked with
the Chevron/Texaco in Qatar for twenty years before he died in the year
2002.We were married for ten years without a child. My Husband died after a
brief illness that lasted for only two weeks.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he deposited some amount of
Money with a security /saving company in Asia. The Security/saving company
and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to sign
for the release of this fund or rather issue a letter of authorization to
somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

Presently, I'm in a hospital in the United Kingdom where I have been
undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. My doctors have told me that I
have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money
distributed to charity organizations any where in Cambodia, Indonesia and
India or any part of the world of your choice provided the money is used for
what I told you. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my
wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this
huge responsibility to any of them.

Please, I'm seeking for any honest person who will get the Funds from the
Security and saving company. And will use this money to fund the poor,
orphanages, widows and charity organizations.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by his
greedy relatives. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in
an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going.

Due to the state of my health. I don't need any telephone communication .As
soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the director of
the security /saving company with the letter i will give you as he will be
the one to assist you in laying claims for this funds. Please contact me
through this email: ( for further detail.

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Julie Walter

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