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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: "Chenguang Shan" <kontrlen@fd.cvut.czr>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:44:48 -0700
Subject: Hello My Dear!

Hello My Dear,

I am Mrs. Chenguang Shan the wife of late Mr. Richard Shan. I am a
Chinese American Citizen my husband worked with the Brunei Shell
Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) for twenty years before he died in the
year 2010.

We were married for ten years without a child. My Husband died after
a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive we deposited the

sum of $5.2million with a bank in Turkey. The bank management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to sign for the release of this fund or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment
for esophageal cancer.My doctor have told me that I have only a few
months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to
charity organizations, Because my husband relatives and friends have
plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with
the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.

Please, I'm seeking for any honest person who will get the Funds from the Bank. And use this money to fund the poor, orphanages, widows and charity organizations. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by his greedy relatives.

I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going if i die.

Due to the state of my health. I can not communicate by phone
because my illness have affected my throat. I prefer to communicate by email.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact detail`s of my lawyer who is conversant with the unclaimed funds and my presents situation. However I shall forward to you the bank details with the letter i will give you as she will be the one to assist you in laying claims for this funds.

Above all, I wish to assure you that the funds in question is not an
act of Terrorist Funding, neither Money Laundering nor
the transfer will follow the normal protocol of funds transfer,

up with its papers so that you will not encounter any
difficulties/problem with your Federal Monetary Control authorities.
Contact me with my private email (

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Chenguang Shan

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