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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: "Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:59:02 -0700
Subject: .Take Advantage of my Letter concerning your payment and Enjoy a Happy Life.

Hello Esteemed Beneficiary,
Best compliments of the moment and trust this meets you well.
My Name is Mr John Smith  from Miami .I was once a victim of scam for many years,in fact i had to travel to different countries in pursuit of my fund and lost all my saving and my company became completely bankrupt and my life became miserable.
I lost hope in every one including calls i received and mails from lots of people pretending to be of help demanding for all kinds of documents and all  been requested  i was meant to pay for them,but i was shocked to find out that all the documents/Paper works are fake that was why my efforts were in vain since I was dealing mostly with impostors.
Gracefully i was very fortunate to come across a British fiduciary agent Mr. Paul Keith Levaillant ,who now explained to me a lot of things i never knew that has kept me in serious financial delima. He told me that its very wrong for a bank or other important government parastatals  in charge of finance to have a direct contact with customers/Beneficiary.
That it is compulsory for beneficiaries to have a fiduciary agent who will liaise on his/her behalf to secure all documents and then post them to the owner for proper endorsement/execution  of your signature for speedy transfer of your statutory unreleased payment.
Though after his explanation i still did not believe because i am already in a state of confusion.But he was honest enough to tell me that all the documents i have been spending my hard earned monies are free and not to be paid for and he also assured me that he will not charge me either for securing of the original documents or his consultation until when i have officially receive my fund,but that i will have to take care of the notarization of the documents and for posting it to my home for $ 490 only nothing more.
I was surprised to receive the original documents in my home mailing address and then endorsed them and was very shocked for my bank to contact me through my account officer to inform me that my account has been credited with my long sought $12,300,000.00 and i instantly made a withdrawal to confirm that the transfer was real and by the grace of God i have been able to re-establish my business and reconnect with my long estranged family and i am happy today enjoying my retirement if you sincerely want to receive your payment you are to open communication with the right and legitimate personalities that are verifiable as you can find the details below in your best interest.
Mr. Paul Keith Levaillant
COMPANY NAME: Coast Finance UK Limited
COMPANY REG NO: 00498680
Office Address: Willow Farm, 66 Dundry Lane, Dundry,
Bristol Avon, BS41 8JQ United Kingdom
Telephone:  + 44 703 194 9987
Please do not ignore this letter .Take Advantage of my Letter concerning your payment and Enjoy a Happy Life.
Mr.John Smith.

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