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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: Ms Paola Will <>
Reply-To: Ms Paola Will <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:55:50 +0900 (JST)
Subject: REPLY


Please permit me to introduce myself, i am Miss Paola Will 24 years old female from the Republic of Ivory Coast, West Africa, I'm the Daughter of Late Sgt Ibrahim Jerry Will (a.k.a General IB ). My late Father was a well known Ivory Coast military leader. He died on Thursday 28 April 2011following a fight with the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast (FRCI).

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which i am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father because my mother died during child birth and i was left alone with my step mother to take care of me.I wanted to travel to Europe, but she hide away my traveling documents. Luckily she did not discover  where i kept my father's File which contained important documents like the will and deposit certificate of my Father's fund he deposited in the private security company in Europe bears my name as the next of kin to inherit the money. Now I am presently staying in the local guest house in one village for my safety. I am seeking for long term relationship and investment assistance.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 10.5 Million in a private security company in Europe with my name as the next of kin.I have contacted the security company to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager told me that my late father place an instruction on the deposited that i must present a foreign trustee who will help me invest in his/her country.

However, the manager advised me to provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf to claim the treasure. i wanted to inform my stepmother about  this deposit but i am afraid that she will not offer me anything after the release of the money because she threaten to kill me.

I decide to seek for your help to help me stand as my foreign partner to claim the fund in the security company in Europe while i will relocate to your country and settle down with you. As you indicate your interest to help me, i will give you more details and the contact of the security company in Europe to contact the security company where my late beloved father deposited the money for safe keeping with my name as the next of kin. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% out of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be invest in any profitable venture which you will recommend to me as i have no idea about foreign investment. Please all my communications with you should be through email address for confidential purposes.

Thanks in anticipation of your positive response.

Yours sincerely

Miss Paola Ibrahim Will

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