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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: "Madam Ecelyne Rickman" <>
Reply-To: "Madam Ecelyne Rickman" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2018 01:17:12 -0700
Subject: From Madam Ecelyn

Hello Dear,

I am writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart even though that this massage might come to you as a surprise but I have chosen to reach you through this medium because it still remains the fastest medium of communication.. Please give me this little chance to explain myself to you, I would have liked to meet you face to face before departing from this mother earth but due to the illness that continue to deprive me the chance but even if I die on the process of this operation I will still praise GOD ALMIGHTY.

My name is Mrs.Ecelyne Francette Rickman, I am originally from Canada, but I lived in FRANCE for many years, I am a dying woman (Widow) and I have decided to donate what I have to you for charity work/assistance to less privileged. I am 63 years old . I was diagnosed of cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for and because my doctor told me that I would not last for the period of seven months due to my health condition being caused by the cancer problem. I was married to Mr.Klauss Rieckman ( an International Contractor and Oil Merchant ) who died in a car accident but before his death, my husband informed me that he deposited the sum of $4,700,000:00  (Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) with the Nurdnum SECURITY COMPANY in SAUDI ARABIA. I want you to help me to use this money for a charity project before I die, for the Poor, Less-privileged and ORPHANAGES in your country.

I made this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money after I die so I want your urgent reply to me so that I will give you the deposit receipt which the SECURITY COMPANY issued to my late husband, to start the good work of God, for immediate delivery of the money to you in your country. To be very honest with you, this money I have opened-up to you is totally genuine and it is my late Husband sweat ,and hard earned saving.

I am absolutely assuring you that no trouble or problem is involved in this fund either in the short-run or in the long-run because it is my late husband money and it was earned legitimately. I will like you to take 40 percent of the total money for your personal use while 60% of the money will go to charity. I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Please kindly respond quickly for further details. My emails as:
Thanks and God bless you, I await your urgent reply,

Mrs.Ecelyne Francette Rickman

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