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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: "Mother Angela Lopez." <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:56 -0200
Subject: Dear Beloved Please Your Urgent Response Is Needed !!

Dear beloved,

I am Mrs. Angela Lopez from Korea.I was married to late Engr. Fraiser
Lopez,who worked for Twenty-Six years in an oil firm before he died in
the year 2004 after a brief illness that lasted only few days.on his
departure from earth he deposited the sum of US 6.5 M in a firm here.

Due to my ill and deteriorating health that has choked me to have made
me loose so much strength without no guarantee or hope of surviving
(Cancer of the Lungs),my Doctor told me that my chances of living on
earth are so limited to live than i required due to my health condition.
and now I am looking forward to a reliable someone that will reach out
to the world with this fund by using it to touch the lives of the
orphanage,homes,and every charitable works with humility.

I will tell you more secret about the treasure when i read from the

Mrs. Angela Lopez

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