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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:

Reply-To: "MS. LINAH MOHOHLO" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 14:53:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello beloved, I hope my mail finds you well; I need your help.

My Beloved One.

Firstly, By way ofintroduction, my name is Ms. Linah Mohohlo from Botswana. I was the governor ofthe Bank of Botswana (1999-2016) you may kindly view the link and read about me.(  I served in a number of operational andpolicy areas, including secretarial, human resource management, economicresearch and reserves management. Please I know this may come to you as asurprise because you do not know me but I sincerely need your assistanceurgently because of my present health condition. This is the reason why I writeto you on a personal level and through divine direction. It is my desire tohave a genuine personal relationship with you.


I deposited the sum ofUS $10.5M (Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars) with a Finance/bankpresently in South Africa where I reside now. These funds came as a result ofan over-invoiced contract which I executed with the Bank of Botswana. Though Iam the person who approved this contract but I honestly never knew at the timethat it had been over invoiced. To avoid any eyebrow raised on the overinvoiced fund, I took the decision to deposit the fund in a safe account presentlywith the Standard Bank of South Africa.

I suffer from cancer andrecently my Doctor informed me that due to my poor health condition I would notbe able to stay alive past the next three months due to the cancer. Nonethelesswhat disturbs me mostly is the stroke I suffered. Having known my condition, Idecided to donate these funds to an individual with a beautiful soul that willutilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.

I only need your honestyto assure me that this funds will be used to fund any charitable organizationaround you; churches, Mosques, NGOs, orphanages, research centers or widowspropagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained.The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that gives, I tookthis decision because I have a child that will inherit a portion of this fund;but my son child cannot carry out this work alone. I therefore decided to usesome of the money to work for God and leave some for my son to have a betterfuture.


My only son is only just15 years old now and having to grow up without a father, he has low maturity,hence the reason for me taking this bold decision to ask for your assistance tohelp me receive this fund and thus carry out my wish. I am not afraid of deathas I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 saysthat the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

I would like you toreply me and tell me if you can help me with my wish. As soon as I receive yourreply I shall give you more information about the fund and hence the contactinformation of the Finance/bank where change of ownership will be processed toyour favor to carry out my wish.
Ms. Linah Mohohlo and only Son Favor.

God’s favor is sufficientfor me 

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