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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: "Mr. Hassan Koh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 22:13:45 +0330

YOUR REF: 89007/2018
Good Day to you !!
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to you if you are there to read this message.
I am Mr. Hassan Koh the Finance Director Of the Compensation Office North  Carolina District.
There is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr. Joseph , who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your  fund.He is also ready to pay for the release charge of $200 USD on your  funds which makes us want to make this last confirmation before going ahead  to pay this Mr.Joseph Wales.
Here comes the big question. Did you sign any deed of assignment in favor  of ( Mr. Joseph Wales )? Thereby making him the current beneficiary the sum  of $4,500,000.00 with the following account details:? Mr. Joseph Wales ,  Acc/number: 6503809428. Routing number:122006743, b/name: citi bank, address: new york ,usa, we shall proceed to issue
all payments details to the above named person if we do not hear from you  within the next five working days.
Respond to this e-mail on ( with immediate effect and we shall give you  further details on how your fund will be released, Just like i said ealier supposed beneficiary Mr. Joseph is ready to pay the only release charge on  your funds which is $200 USD, if we allow him pay this fee that  authomatically makes him the owner and the money will be transfered into  his account so do respond to this message if you are alive so that we can  be sure of doing the right thing due to the hugh amount of money involved. Also call me as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an  immediate response: Below again is My Contact Info:
Contact Agent Name: Mr. David Morgan
Email: (
Tel: +1(323)701-7664
If you are alive then i want you to email me and i will be giving you  instructions on how to recieve your funds. Get back to me with the Above  informations so that i can inform you how you are to send the only needed  charge of $200 for the release of your funds which we told Mr. Joseph not  to pay yet untill nothing is heard from you in 5 working days which will
make us believe that truely you are no more and that Mr. Joseph Wales is  right.
Mr. Hassan Koh .

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