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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:01:29 -0300
Subject: RE RE 3RD

Dear Friend,

I am John More the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign Remittance De=
partment in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent & confidential Business =
Proposition for you & for our mutual interest.On the 6th of March 2001,our =
Customer, an American National,late Jeremiah J. Ahern , an Oil Merchant / C=
ontractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria, deposited, a valued amoun=
t of US$32Million in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification=
to his forwarded address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminde=
r, & finally we discovered from his contract employers NNPC, that late Jere=
miah J. Ahern ,until his death Twelve( 12) years ago in a ghastly terrorist=
attack to American Airline flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles,crashed i=
nto the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) with 86 people on board=
. All occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately lost their lives.
On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all=
attempts to trace his Next of kin were rootless. I therefore made further =
investigation and discovered that late Jeremiah J. Ahern , did not declare =
any Next of kin in all his official documents.This sum US$32Million is stil=
l floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled over with the princ=
ipal sum at the end of each year. No one came forward to claim it. Accordin=
g to Nigeria Laws, at the expiration of 12 years, the money will revert to =
the Ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the fun=
ds.Consequently,my proposal is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand=
in as a Next of kin of late Jeremiah J. Ahern . This is simple. All I requ=
ire is your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I g=
uarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that wil=
l protect you from a breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on yo=
ur return email!
, the following information for th
1) Your Full Name:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Phone, Fax and Mobile :
(4) Profession, Age and Marital Status:
(5) Company/Business Name:
Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus 1. I as th=
e originator of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable 2.You as the Man=
ager of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.
Most importantly, CONFIDENTIALITY as what I saw as the life wire to the su=
ccess of the transfer of this Fund must have to be emulated between you and=
me. You have to use this media to promise me that you will no in anyway ex=
pose the content of this transaction to anybody be it your Friends, Colleag=
ues and Co-Workers.I will also want you to send your reply to this email:(j= as soon as you get this mail to enable us discuss o=
n the modalities and processesfor success of this transaction. Thanks for y=
our anticipated cooperation and understanding.


I wait for your kind response.



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