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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: Jeffrey Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 23:57:22 +0100
Subject: Greeting From Thomas Jeffrey


RE-TRANSFER OF £35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million British Pounds

Your quick response is indeed needed in this “Business Deal” that will
benefit both of us without any risk involved either now or later. I am
Thomas Jeffrey, an Executive Business Consultant Officer in the
International Remittance Department in our Bank branch here in UK, I am
personal account officer to the great late Deceased who has an account
our bank here in London, United Kingdom.

I have a business proposal in the tune of £35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five
Million British Pounds Sterling Only) to be transferred to any safety
account with your assistance. This fund has been laying, in suspense
account for safe keeping over 5 years as unclaimed funds placed as
Heritage/Investment Funds to a "dead customer. It's when I was on a
inspection in one of our periodic auditing, that I discovered a dormant
account with a holding balance of £35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million
British Pounds Sterling Only) in it.

The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other person knows about
this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of his company. My
investigation through the National Immigration Department and Ministries
here proved to me as well that he was single as at the time of his entry
into the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer
this fund abroad for investment only. So your assistance as a foreigner
necessary because the management of the bank will welcome any foreigner
has correct information to this account, which I will disclose to you

I had discussed this issue privately with the Top Bank Director and he
agreed to help and have instructed me to look for a foreigner who can be
trusted and capable to handle this transaction so that we can secretly
this money out from UK immediately basing on Investments plans in your
Country. I guarantee that this will be executed under a concrete special
arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law. I will not fail
bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and you should
entertain any fears because good arrangement has been outlined for
successful conclusion.

If you are willing and capable to handle this business with me in full
confidence & trust, please do not hesitate to send me your full address
Bank account information both your telephone numbers: I am waiting to
receive your positive feedback on my private email ID

Warmest regards
Mr. Thomas Jeffrey
Business Consultant
Officer in the International,
Remittance Department.

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