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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.kelly Michael" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.kelly Michael" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 11:28:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact My Secretary Now

Compliments and warm greetings,

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds without any positive outcome.

I am happy to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from South-America Mr.Alfredo Gomez Castillo.

Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $950,000.00 in an Approved Bank Check.

This is from my own share. I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though we could not succeed due to some unforeseen circumstances and reason but it has been a gate way to my success today.

Presently, I am in capital city of South-Korea for investment project into Real Estate Management with my own share under the advice of my advocate.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring this funds despite the fact that we could not succeed. I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not.

In the light of the above you are therefore to contact my personal assistant Mr.Sam Udoh on my former telephone line and do send him your contact address/information where you want the Bank Check to be sent to you.

Stated below is his contact information.

Mr.Sam Udoh
+229 69 11 93 12

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy/happiness together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment I am very busy here in capital city of South Korea (Seoul)because of the investment projects which the new partner and I are having at hand.

So feel free to get in touch with my personal secretary to send the Bank Check to you without any further delay.

With My Best Regards,
Mr.Kelly Michael

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