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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. Steven Albert" <>
Date: 05 Dec 2019 04:31:20 +0300

My name is Steven Albert, an investment Portfolio manager for Sub Saharan Regions, We represent the interests of very wealthy individuals and consortium seeking for individuals & corporate bodies with Financial Management know-hows on fund managements and investment strategies, ranging through several fields and area of specialization. 
The scope of my obligation is basically to create and fund investments opportunities with maximum return on Investments.  Currently, I am in direct contact with a top government official heading the Petroleum Ministry of his country with funds In excess of US$137M , available for private Investment,  said funds were realised as a result of Over invoiced sale in petroleum products during the last quarter Q2 in the year 2019 having completed the audit requirements, said funds could now be utilized under a private management that will be discussed on hearing back from you .An agreed percentage of the funds shall be allotted to you for your kind co-operation and assistance on completion of the possession takeover of funds.
Furthermore, If you have the required management skills, credible and viable ongoing projects, existing business that requires expansions on any level, we would be delighted to Chanel most of the funds into a solid investment opportunity that you would present for consideration .
Due to the sensitivity of the position my client holds in his country and the unstable environment politically, he would prefer to channel/move majority of the funds into a more stable economy and developing nations for safe keeping / Investments. Once we are convinced on your capacity to handle the said funds, maintain absolute and non disclosure of information thereby keeping details very confidential, we will provide you with all necessary information and documentations relating to the said funds for your perusal and confirmation.
Finally, you can reach me directly via the below mentioned email / phone line for more information drawing a brief introduction of yourself and business operations to enable us revert and act accordingly. We expect this project to be completed within 30 working days as all approvals for the release of funds has been obtained in accordance with the payment regulations.
Thanking you for your time in reading my message, while I look forward to hearing back from you soon should you wish to work with me on the above stated and hoping you would treat the content with utmost discretion and confidentiality of all persons involved in this project .
Sincerely yours,
Mr. Steven Albert

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