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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.Faith Konný Eggert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:53:38 -0700
Subject: Will be wqiting your response

My Dear Friend,
Good day to you and hope all is well with you and your family.I am Mrs.Faith Konnı  Eggert from Iceland, married to Late Engr.Ağalbrandur Eggert who worked with
MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANY AS A DRILLING RIG SUPPLIER in Saudi Arabia for 22 years before he died on the 7th of January 2015.We were married for twenty four years
without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death, he deposited a huge amount of money (To be disclosed when you contact me) with a Bank(Name withheld for security reasons)and this fund is presently with the bank awaiting my disbursement
as beneficiary and next of kin to the funds. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Having known my
condition, I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization or good person that will utilize this money in good faith to help the society.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till date, this is why I am taking this decision. I don't
think I will need any telephone communication in this regard because of the confidentiality of this transfer. Upon your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank.
I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank that will prove you are the present beneficiary of this money.
Best Regards
Mrs.Faith Konnı Eggert
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