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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: Robin Gaul <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 05:13:44 -0800


I considered your position before I made this consultation. My name is
Barrister.Robin Gaul,I am attorney to chief Douglas Martin, an
industrialist, Oil and Gas merchant until his death. I have
represented his investment interest for over 25 years now. On June Th,
2015,he summoned me to his office to commence his WILL process.That was
when his health condition became worse. He eventually died on Th April 2017,
leaving the WILL uncompleted.Before i continue, kindly make sure you
contact me via my private email,which is:() because that is where i can only
contact you from.

The burial arrangement is in progress now, and according to his
instruction,the WILL will be announced three days after his burial. Chief was a
successful business man, I want to include your name in the WILL as his
foreign business partner who according to him, should inherit
US$35,200,000.00 which he packaged in a Deposit Boxes and secretly
deposited in a confidential Security Vault in London as personal treasure.
I want to do this before presenting the WILL to his family. The family
does not know about this his UK personal deposit. I will get the letter of
administration for you to claim the US$35,200,000.00 from the UK deposit
vault.I have the WILL with me and no member of his family has seen the
Will and the UK deposit vault is not known to them.Can we work
together?Please i want you to get back to me via my private email

Respectfully yours
Barrister. Robin Gaul.

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