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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: "Mrs,Sonia Nancy Phillips" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 20:18:21 -0700

Dear Beloved,
i greeting  you, i know this mail may come as a surprise to you,but Please kindly
accept my apology,is just am in need for urgent respond ,with due respect to
your person and much sincerity of purpose,please I want you to read this letter
very carefully so you can understand my reason of sending this message to you,
I saw your e-mail contact at International  Yellow page foreign christian magazine
after my praying and fasting God review your contact,and directed me to you, God
knows why he directed me to you at this point, so do not be afraid.
I was married to Dr,Bin Philips,from England an English shipping tycoon notable
for his great
charitable activities before his death in  May 27th, 2009.When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of Fifteen,Million Dollars
($15,000,000.00,us) which were derived from his vast estates and
investment in capital market with his bank in London and named me as
the beneficiary of this trust fund. (All records are kept with my family
lawyer). Presently, this money is still with the London
My Doctor told me recently, that I have limited days to live due to the
cancerous problems that I have been suffering from,Though what bothers me
most is the stroke that I have in addition with the Cancer. With this hard
reality that has befallen me, I have decided to donate this fund to YOU and
i want you to use this gift which comes from my Late husbands effort to
establish a charity home for the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans,
destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women
and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially. I took this
decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and
my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not
want my husband hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill
perceived ventures, which is the reason i took this bold at of the
total funds,you are entitled to have 60% percent as compensation and your
effort.and use 40% percent as i was instructed
I do not need any telephone Communication in this regard due to my
deteriorating health condition and because of the presence of my Husband
around me here in hospital You can contact me through my personal email Address:
(,Please assure me that you will act just
as I have stated Herein.
Hope to hear from you soon as i heard from you i will send you all the
necessary documents,which you will use to get the money out from the bank and
transfer it into your own personal account,please on your reply send me you full
contact details,so that i will forward you the lawyer information.
Remain Blessed,
Madam. Sonia Nancy Philips

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