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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: David Johnson <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 02:41:24 -0400
Subject: mutual interest

Hello dear,

How are you today? I hope you are in a good health? I am sorry for the late reply, I have been so busy with work. My dear, i have been in a state of dilemma and not knowing what to do. I have picked up courage to seek for your advice/help because this is important to my life. Please do read the my message carefully and get back to me.

I have $11,500,000.00 US Dollars. ( Eleven Million, Five hundred Thousand US Dollars) here in a security company, please for your kind information, This money was made during our search and rescue duty in Afghanistan by my team, and this is my own part of the money. I lodged this money in a security company because I cannot put it on my account while I am still working here.

But I have a little problem now with the Security Company where I save the money because they sent email to me and told me that the last date for me to move this money from their custody is: 24th July 2016, which is very difficult for me to do at this time. I have thought a lot about the possibility, I'm really confused now, I don't know what to do again, and if I fail to remove this money from their custody, the money will be confiscated to the government unused treasury.

I cried when I heard this, my heart is so bitter because I don't want to this money that I suffered for. It was this situation that makes me contact you for assistance as time is running fast. All I need is your trust. I have spoken with the company, I want the Security Company to help me move this money by Diplomatic means to you there in your country so that you can help me save this money as my duty will be over soon. As soon as I complete my job, I will be coming to your country. I plan to go into investment abroad with this money.

The money will be delivered by a Diplomatic delivery company. This delivery process is very safe and secured. Please I want you to know that Diplomatic Couriers are granted diplomatic immunity and are thereby protected by the receiving state when performing their work. This is the safest means to send anything. As you know because of regulation, it will be very difficult to send this type of amount of money with bank transfer, it will be impossible to send from here by Bank Transfer to you as the banking policy here now is very difficult and strict.

Please kindly send to me these information below to enable me register the package with Diplomatic delivery Company. I was informed that package will be registered as personal use items and the package will be delivered to you at your house or office address successfully.

(1) Your full name
(2) Telephone number
(3) Your home or office address, where you wish to receive the packages in person
(4) Email Address.

This is what I would like you to do, once you receive this money, you should take 35% from total money i send to you for your reward and Save the remaining money for me in your Account or buy a safety box until I come to meet you in your country and for our investment purpose. I assure you that all the process about moving this money out from here to your country will be successful.

Please, I want you to know that this money is my life and future and I beg you in the name of God not to betray or disappoint me. Note, please you must try to keep it as a top secret for safety purpose meanwhile am fully ready to invest it to any profitable business in your country and am ready to partner with you.

I wait for your reply and your full information. Thanks and God bless.

Yours Sincere,

David Johnson

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