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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: "Mr. Abdul Mohammed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:45:53 -0700

Attention Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Abdul Mohammed, a Burkina citizen from Ouagadougou. I am Finance House Officer, working in standard security and chemical company  Ouagadougou,ghana accra  West Africa.
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$36.Million Dollars, which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 30% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? Your assistance and support is needed to transfer the thirty six  Million  US Dollars out of the firm where I work, to your bank account in your Country.
This is an abandon sum and it belongs to our late customer Mr Heidi salf al-islam, a Libya oil tycoon who died with his family as result of war in Libya on 31th of December  2010/2011. This fund was left unclaimed in custody of the  standard security and chamical company for safe keeping and without a beneficiary.
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the financial firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to the American continent. The processing of the transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the fund transfer to your bank account. Immediately the fund is transferred to your bank account, I will come over to your country for sharing of the sum as agreed.
The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.
My best regards,
Mr. Abdul Mohammed
PLEASE CALL ME + 2348154123289

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