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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: bello adams <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:28:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I am writing you on a personal note


I am writing you on a personal note and I will want this communication to remain between you and me, due to my position. I do not want my sincerity and concern to turn against me and this is why i am writing through my personal email instead of my official email, to guide against being monitored.

I am a member of a security outfit here in United States of America. I am appointed among the officers designated to monitor/investigate fund brought into United States from Africa in cash .This investigation have been on for the past 16months and a lot have been discovered. My personal discovery proves that, some of these funds were sent to US from Africa for payment of their contracts, inheritance and Lottery winning funds.

In execution of my job,i found your fund, packaged in Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg (W61 x H156 x D73 (cm)effective capacity: 680 L.) Approximately. Your information was also written/tagged on it. On the other hand, our Agency found out that this fund was scheduled to be delivered to you. This payment system runs contrary to the Law of United States of America. Many regulatory and governmental authorities issue estimates each year for the amount of money laundered, either worldwide or within their national economy, more particular here in the USA. In 1996, the International Monetary Fund estimated that two to five percent of the worldwide global economy involved laundered money. The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) an intergovernmental body set up to combat money laundering. Some of the Laws established to fight Laundering huge Cash into the country are ; Bank Secrecy Act (1970) , Money Laundering Control
Act(1986),Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 , Annunzio - Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act (1992) , Money Laundering Suppression Act (1994) , Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Strategy Act (1998) which was designed to unite and Strengthen America by through the Provision of appropriate Tools to Restrict, Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act) .

Subsequently, i found out from my investigation that you were lured into this by the people who engineered the dispatch of this fund into USA. They possibly have told you lies that they have documents protecting/permitting them to dispatch this fund. When i found out that you were ignorant of their ill intention, I decided to write and inform you of this. They did not actually wanted to move this fund to you, rather they placed you as the beneficiary, to use your name and protect themselves. Meanwhile, they have perfected plans to divert this fund to a designated person in the USA who will receive the fund and invest for them. Due to their quest and wicked intention, they did not consider the fact that it would be difficult for them to actualize this, base on the prevailing Law hence, on spotting the high security network, they abandoned it and left. They wanted you to finance the cost of dispatching this fund and this is why they were demanding series of money from you and end up without result.

I can use my position to get this fund package to you if you are sincere and promise to keep this only to yourself. I sincerely want this communication to remain private, due to my position and not to be discussed with anyone no matter how close. I do not want to say much until i here from you. There is no reason to exercise any fear whatsoever,as i assure you that i will handle this in such a way that, there would be no trace or implication at all,now and in the future. I wait to hear from you. If you are not interested in working with me, please disregard. But do keep this communication private. Thanks

Rex Newman

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