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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: "SHUMEJDA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:13:54 +0100

Dear Beloved,
Please accept my sincere apologizes if my  email does not meet your business or  personal ethics. I am Mrs. Judith  Shumejda, I am 65 years old, a widow to  late Mr.John Shumejda who was the  President of agricultural equipment giant  AGCO Corp, who perished on the 4th of  January 2002 in a plane crash in  Birmingham.
Please View the Website below: /1742404.stm 1/04/england.plane/
After going through some files of my late  husband, I discovered a Deposit  Certificate of (15Million) (Fifteen  Million Pounds) with a Bank in London. But  due to my sickness, I have not been able to  claim this fund from the Bank, as I have  been in the hospital ,I am suffering from  a protracted cancer of the lungs .
I am contacting you based on trust to  present you to the Bank as my Next of Kin  and Bonafide Inheritor to my Late  Husband's fund, since I cannot claim this  fund myself now and I may not live beyond  next six-eight months according to my  Doctors, but I have the faith in God that  I will live more than the months my  Doctors said by God grace. Presently, I'm  with my laptop in the hospital where I  have been undergoing treatment in  Liverpool. Please! Please!! Your help is  needed to avoid this money been diverted  to the Government of UK as unclaimed  fund/dormant account. Imagine somebody who  have no child, I have nobody taking care  of me here in the Hospital, and the money  I have now is limited. Of which, that 15  Million is my only hope to continue my  treatment here in the Hospital, and  hopefully by God grace I will survive.
If you will so kind to be of help, You are  entitled to 40% of the total money 20% for  charities and 40% for me and my family  lawyer. Please in your response, send me the  following information to enable me  validate you as the legal beneficiary of  this funds
1.  Your full names..............
2. Mobile phone number/home phone  number/office phone number........
3. Your Age................
4 Your Home Address...........
5. Your Marital status................
6.  Your occuption   name & address..............
7. Name of your next of kin........................
Here is my private email address :(
This information will help my lawyer  enable you benefit from this funds.
Your assistant will be highly appreciated.
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Judith Shumejda

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