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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: Becky Alfred <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 01:27:58 -0700
Subject: From. Mrs Becky Alfred !

Confidential Proposal from Mrs Becky Alfred , The Chief Auditor in Charge of Banque  Atlantique (TOGO ) West  Africa.
Dear Partner,
I presumed that all is well with you and your family. Please let this  do not be a surprise proposal to you because i got your contact information from the international directory in few weeks ago  before i decided to contact you on this magnitude and lucrative transaction for our future survival in life.
Moreover, I have laid all the solemn trust in you before I decided to disclose this successful and confidential transaction to you. I am Mrs. Becky Alfred ,  The chief  auditor in charge of foreign remittance unit of our bank and i have had the intent to contact you over this financial transaction worth the sum Five Million, three hundred thousand united states dollars ($5,300,000.00 ) for our  success.
This is an abandoned sum that belongs to one of our bank foreign customer who died along with his entire family through plane crash disaster since few years ago. Meanwhile I was very fortune to came across the deceased file when I was arranging the old and abandoned customers files  in other to sign and submit to the entire bank management  for an official re-documentation and audit.
Be informed clearly that it was stated in our banking rules and regulations which were signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of 5 years started from the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferred into the treasury as an unclaimed fund.
As an honor and advantage bestowed to our foreign customers base on the rules guiding our bank, it was stated obviously that if you are not a Togo citizen, you have the absolute authority to claim the fund hence you are a foreigner despite your differences from the country of origin of the deceased. So the request of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim and transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the next of kin or extended relative to the deceased.
On the transfer of this fund into your account, { 37% } being ( US$1, 961,000.00) will be your share in respect of the account provision and your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank account,{ 54% } being (US$2,862,000.00) will be my share being the coordinator of the transaction while the rest { 9% } being (US$477,000.00) will be shared to  the respectable Organizations Centers such as Charity Organization, Motherless Babies homes, and helpless disabled people in the World.
If you are really sure of your trustworthy, accountability and confidentiality in this transaction, contact me and agree that you will not change your mind to cheat or  disappoint me  when the fund have getting into your account. Besides you should not entertain any fear because I am sure of the success as an insider in the bank ok. Please reply with the assurance, include your....
1) Your full name and Address:
2) Occupation:
3) A valid proof of Identification of you, such as driver's license or identity card.
I will use your information to effect and secure the the change of ownership documents of the said fund to your name as the beneficiary of the fund for the easy and smooth transfer of the fund into any account of your choice. As soon as you reply I will let you know the next step to follow in order to finalize this transaction immediately.
I expect your urgent communication.
Yours sincerely,
From. Mrs Becky Alfred

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