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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:

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 01:20:05 +0900 (JST)

Dearest Friend,
I decided to write you this proposal in good faith, believing that you will not betray me, My name is Mr. AYAAN WILLIAMS, Branch manager of Fanikisha Finance Bank Kenya, I got your information during my search here, I am 46 Years of Age and Married with Three Lovely Kids, It may interest you to hear that I am a man of peace and I only hope we can assist each other,I have been in search of someone with this LAST NAME as yours when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other believing that you will not betray me, I am a Banker here in FANIKISHA FINANCE BANK, Republic of KENYA,, My late client , a citizen of your country and a Gold merchant made a fixed deposit with my bank in January 2013 for 46 calendar months, valued at (US$8,700,000)Eight Million - Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only, The due date for this deposit contract was the 2nd of APRIL 2018,He met his untimely death in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared and ended somewhere in the Indian Ocean on the 8th of March 2014 on a business trip. He was among the 227 passenger and 12 crew members who died in the incident. (

My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I was his Account Officer and he did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, he was not married and no children, Last week my Bank Management requested that he should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract Agreement, I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that he is dead and do not have any Heir,they will take and pocket the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen that is why I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you are a foreigner and you have the same surname/Last Name as my dead client and my bank head quarters will release the funds to you,There is no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law,It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already, I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds in this ratio, 50/50% ,Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information highly confidential, We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response,You can contact me on my private email address. your quick and sincere response will be highly appreciated
Thank You,
Phone: +(254)715323885.

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