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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: "Mrs.Kimberly Robinson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:04:02 -0700
Subject: {GPS} (Global Postal Service)

Attention Attention Attention !!!!!!!
Dear Sir/ Madam,
On behalf of the Minister of Finance and other private sectors here in
Ghana brings out this Regular Mail Service to deliver the Unfinished
Transfer of Funds and Gratuity that is in the custody of different firms
and companies to the rightful owner in any countries. I am Mrs.Kimberly Robinson
representing the {GPS} (Global Postal Service).
The Minister of Finance has ordered the FedEx, Dhl, USPS,UPS, zenith bank,Barclays bank,
BANK OF AMERICA,chase bank and other firms to release the bank draft and Atm cards to the
GPS (Regular Mail Service), So that they can be mailed out to the rightful
owners, because there are too many complains coming to our desk from
different customers and the (FG) Federal Government of Ghana that
people are not getting their Instrument to cash their funds and gratuity,
e.g people are not getting their Bank Draft and Atm Cards due to the fact
that people are not meeting up with the required demands and amount
imposed by some of this delivery companies, firms and other sectors and
constant require of fees that are too much for people to handle or handle.
We have series of Bank Drafts and Atm Cards here in our custody and they
are sealed and we don't know who and where they belong to we are getting
intouch with you to know if you have ever received an email regarding any
Bank Draft and Atm Cards please contact us back as we are ready to Mail
them to you this was the order given to me and the company by the Minister
of Finance here in Ghana.
Here is my contact Number and email address
Full Names: - Mr.Gavin Thompson
>Valid Contact: -
Tel: +233557036676
Our terms and condition for this service is for us to get the bank draft
and Atm cards to the rightful owner as we are not allowed to open them as
they are sealed and we need honest people that knows they have not yet
received their funds either in Bank Draft or Atm Cards, So we are
expecting to hear from you, As we know no Information about you.
Mrs.Kimberly Robinson

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