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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. Roland Faulkner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:33:10 -0800
Subject: "Hoping you can partner with me."

I am Mr. Roland Faulkner a British citizen, 50 years of age married with three children I am an Accounting Finance Manager of Hardy Oil and Gas PLC a crude Oil and Gas exploration Company with head office here in United Kingdom.
I entrant your utmost reliance in this information and the transaction as whole, I got your email contact on my search on the internet of your country data base of a reliable person, that should stand as my foreign trustee and partner on the claim and joint utilization of some fund that is lying unclaimed in the corporate Bank account of a foreigner (entrepreneur) who is one of the major contractors of this organization  that died  in Norfolk helicopter crash on the 13th of March, 2014 together with late Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond and two others  in  Northern Ireland's.
This fund value of (10,100,000:00) Ten Million One Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds, has remained  unclaimed since the year 2014, it was a  contract payment made by my Organization into the bank account of this foreigner for a particular contract executed Four (5) years ago, ever since this payment was transferred into his corporate account here in United Kingdom, every effort made to get hold of his next of kin, relative or business partner to put in claims on this contractor payment has not been fruitful.
The banking rules/act here in my United Kingdom, have it that if a depositor has been confirmed dead and the account has been dormant for a period of five (5) years and no one comes up for the claim of such deposit, the bank has the right to declare the fund unclaimed and be transferred into the government treasury, with a 40% commission, just last week the management of the bank sent an official notification to my organization.
On getting this information I have already sent a response to the management of this bank informing them that I have been in communication with the business associates of this late contractor and that we have concluded arrangements to enable me present his details to follow up the claim process and this is the reason I have contacted you so that we can jointly take the bold step on the claim and joint utilization of this existing contract payment.
It is in this regard I have urgently contacted you to stand as my partner and foreign trustee as arrangements have been concluded to present you as the business associate of this late contractor and beneficiary of this fund for onward transfer into your nominated bank account outside United Kingdom, pending my arrival there in your Country for sharing and utilization.
For effective actualization you are to forward to me the following information:-
a) Your name in full
b) Your contact address in full. 
b) Your confidential Mobile/cell Phone Numbers. 
c) Your Telephone/Mobile numbers
d) Brief information on your profile, this should include your age, nature of Job and marital status.
I have agreed to offer you 47.5 % of the total sum for this essential role, 5% has been ear-marked for settlement of any incidental expenses that may come up in the course of this transaction. Please note that the hope, confidence bestowed on you cannot be over-emphasized and you are also to assist me in investing my share of 47.5% of the total sum while I am there in your country into real estate.
Please forward the anticipated information's by return mail to: ---- rlndflknr (AT) as all Arrangements are in place for a hitch free transaction.
Mr. Roland Faulkner.

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