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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: Mrjohnson Adams <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:11:36 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Mr.Johnson

Greetings From Mr.Johnson,
Dear partner,I know that thismessage may come to you as a surprise since we have never
met before.However, I decidedto reach you through email due to urgency and
confidentiality which myproposal demands.I am Mr.Johnson, A Banker, and Head of Operations with (BANKOF AFRICA BURKINA FASO )in West Africa .
There is the sum of $20.5Million Dollars currently in my branch, The money belong to one of my clientwho died without a decree or WILL, and since 2003 nobody has operated on thisaccount. Again hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money outurgently it will be forfeited for nothing and Government of Burkina Faso willconfiscate the
funds for their personal usewhich I personally don't want such incident
to happen seeing that this isa great opportunity for me and you, I
decided to ask for yourassistance to make the claim
That is why I ask that wework together, I will be pleased to work
you as trusted person and seethat the fund is transferred out of my Bank
into another Bank Accountwhich you are going to provide, Once the funds
have been transferred to yournominated Bank account we shall then share
it in the ratio of 60% forme, 40% for you. Meanwhile, all the legal
papers will be processed inyour acceptance to prove our legality of the
If you agree to my businessproposal, further details of the transfer will
be forwarded to you as soonas i receive your return mail, accompany with
the below informations whichis needed urgently to enable me make
necessary changes in the banksystem and make sure your name appear as the
rightful beneficiary before we apply for theclaim.
1. Full name
2: Your private telephone and Fax numbers.
3. Occupations and Nationality.
4. Date of Birth
5. Present Location.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible to beginwith the processes
claim of this fund.
My Regards to your family,
Greetings From Mr.Johnson

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