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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:

Date: 05 Apr 2020 19:27:22 +0200
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

 Dear Sir/Madam

Good day, my name are Mr Omar Al Bashir Jnr  son  of former Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir who is presently facing a jail term for corruption  in my country Sudan.  Presently i am in South Africa as an Asylum seeker. I arrived here   in   South Africa  few days ego. I really need your help to invest in your country.

 Before I proceed, I want you to know that my Father who is Omar Al Bashir SNR have instructed me to invest with the sum of  ( 12mUSD) deposited in a private security company as valuable was part of the funds given to him by HRH the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

 Waiting for your  quick response, you can read more about my Father on  my Mum is under house arrest and asking for your help to invest as my family will give you 30% of the total sum.


  Please, if you will help me! Keep very confidential.

Phone me on this number= +27789927966


 Thank you


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