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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: Shilvock Dora <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 23:39:47 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend Please Read!!!

Dear Beloved,
My name is Shilvock Dora, I am 59 Years old  Born and brought up in Dallas Texas,USA but I am from Canada. I have lived all my life in the  USA. Last year I experienced restlessness and sleepless nights so my Doctor in New York USA sent me on a general Medical Check up at the Methodist hospital and I was finally diagnosed to have cancer of the Lungs. So my Doctor flew me back to my country Canada.
My late husbands brother wanted me dead so that he will inherit all the wealth and properties i and my late Husband suffered to build because we don't have a child. As a Christian I rather donate my money to the less privileged, orphanage homes and the Church than allow wicked people to take all when I die. Lately I discovered that my late husband??s relation know about the deposited money and they are happy that I will soon die so that they can take the money, so I will give the claim information to you before I pass on to glory.
I will give you all the details that will assist you in getting the Funds deposited with the security Company. We deposited the total of US$5,600.000.00 (Five  million Six Hundred Thousand united states dollars) in cash is with the security company in USA.As soon as you accept my offer I we direct you to my family Lawyer here in New Jersey, who will assist you get the money transfer into your bank account without any delay and he will provide you with the deposit certificate to the
fund.I want to have an assurance from you that even when I die,you will not use the money wrongly and will do your best to get it from the bank in USA. I will die happily if I know you will use my funds in a manner pleasing to humanity and God when you get it.I have to rest now due to my unusual weakness. Please pray for me my dear and respond urgently to my message so that I can be able to conclude the inheritance Hand over Authorization before I die.
I anxiously await your response my dear.Please Kindly reply to my private email address:
Best Regards,
Shilvock Dora

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