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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: Grace Cebe <>
Reply-To: Grace Cebe <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:26:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good morning is your Sister.

From Mrs Grace Cebe
Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire.

This mail might come to you as a surprise and
the temptation to ignore it as serious could come into your mind but
please consider it with a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of
humility.Perhaps this would go down as the most difficult
letter i will ever attempt to
write in my life.i am not sure that it will adequately conveys the
remorse i feel at this moment how do i begin my story? how do i tell
this story without shedding tears, tears of sorrow oh god i thank you
for giving me this opportunity to air my view and to share this story
with some

I am Mrs GraceCebe and Daughter from Cote d'Ivoire, i was
married to late husband who was a contractor with the government of Cote d'Ivoire before he died in the year 2015 after few days in the
hospital his doctor said his death was as a result of poison. We
were married for so many years with one girl of 17 years respectively .
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of( $3.000,000.00
usd) Three million dollars with one bank here. Presently this money is still in the custody of the bank here, recently my doctor told me that my health condition is very bad due to cancer
problem.having known my condition i decided to contact you so that you
will help me to transfer this money into your private account and also
help my daughter to come over to your country to start a new life with
your family. The brothers of my late husband has raised against i and my daughter since-the death of my husband and they have sized all my late husband properties but they did not know about this deposit
which my husband made with a bank here which i will soon send you their
contact. You should promise me that you will help my daughter to
invest this fund in your country and also help her to further her
education in your country. please assure me that you will act
accordingly as i stated herein. Send me these information so i can
submit it to bank and also introduce you as our family friend who will
receive the fund ,Full name; Address,Sex,Age, occupation,Phone/Mobile;
State of origin Country

Waiting to receive your reply immediately,
Sincerely .
From Mrs Grace Cebe and Daughter.

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