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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 KATERINA MORGAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:25:24 -0700

South Africa.
Compliments of the day to you and your family. I am writing to you with much respect and honor to this letter, which must remain private and confidential. I know my proposal will come to you as a surprise since you do not precisely know me. Anyway, my mind accepted you and I believe that this proposal will bring mutual benefit for both of us. Let me use this medium to introduce myself to you, I am MRS KATERINA MORGAN the wife of Paul Morgan, the former chairman of Diamond National Mining Co-operation and once the Director of Works and Housing before his untimely death.
My Husband associated himself with coup plotters that ousted the government of Ahmed Tijan Kabbah on the 25th of May 1998 and was executed including ten (10) others. As a result of his death and uncontrollable war in my country, Sierra Leone , my children and I
decided to seek asylum in South Africa where my Husband had deposited USD$32Million (Thirty Two Million United States Dollars Only) for us.
We now want to use this money for investment in your country since we do not have anybody to assist us. Therefore, I am asking for your urgent assistance to forward this money into your country using very confidential and reliable means in which I will offer you 30% of the total amount for your kind assistance.
However, this money is safely kept in a Security Company before my husband's death under disguise as precious items and nobody has any slight knowledge of what is inside the box deposited with the Security Company. In other words, there is no risk involved and so do not hesitate to ask questions where necessary.
All the documents covering the deposition of the money with the Security Company are intact with my son and me. For more information, please contact my son ROLAND MORGAN via email E-mail reply to provide you with detailed information on how the transfer of this fund can be made to your country upon acceptance.
Please your private phone and fax numbers will be mostly needed for easy and confidential communication. I look forward to your earliest reply.
Best regards,
For the family , God bless you as you get back to me via e-mail reply

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