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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. Maria Farnandez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:33:48 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Frost Gilbert. I am a US
citizen, 66 years Old. I reside here in
Centreville Virginia U.S.A. My
residential address is as follows.14852
Rock Landing Court Centreville Virginia
20121 United States and my email
address is (
and my telephone number is
+1(202)265-8262 you can call me or send
me a  text message and i will
respond back to you.
I am one of those that fall victims to
scammers in Africa two years ago. I
have lost over US$100,000.00 for the
past years while in the USA. I was
trying to get my payment all to no
avail. And they always stopped my funds
with one reason or the order. So I
decided to travel with my Son to
WASHINGTON D.C with all documents,
there the (FBI) was amazed and
contacted the Nigeria embassy in the
USA. After some hours in that office,
I was asked by the FBI officer to come
back the next week.
When I did the FBI officer gave me the
contact of one Mrs. Maria Farnandez
who is a representative of the (FBI)
and a member of the compensation
award committee, currently in Nigeria.
And when I contacted her she
explained everything to me. She said
whoever is contacting us through
emails are fake that I should fly down
to Nigeria to see things for myself
which I did and she took me to the
paying bank for the claim of my
compensation payment.
This was paid to me successfully. Right
now I am the happiest man on earth
because I have finally received my
compensation funds of US$1,300,000.00.
Moreover, Mrs. Maria Farnandez showed
me the full Information of those
that are yet to receive their
compensation funds and this was how I came
across only your email address and your
full name.
The only Money I paid after I meet with
Mrs. Maria Farnandez was just
$550.00 (Five Hundred & Fifty
Dollars) for the ownership paper works. So I
am advising you to contact Mrs. Maria
Farnandez through her email address
for your own money including the money you lost
or you can as well call her on her
direct telephone number
(+234-8131387018) please take it very
Please contact her and send your
telephone number and your residential
address to her so that she can release
your own money to you.
Thank you & God bless you.
Mr. Garry Wise.
14852 Rock Landing Court, Centreville
Virginia 20121 United States

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