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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: "MRS ROSE SHUMEJDA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2020 04:53:12 -0800

Dear Beloved,
Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics. I am Mrs. Rose  Shumejda, I am 65 years old, a widow to late Mr. John  Shumejda who was the President of agricultural equipment giant AGCO Corp, who perished on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash in Birmingham. Please View the Website below:
After going through some files of my late husband, I discovered a Deposit Certificate of ($5Million) (Five Million Dollars) with a Bank here in U.S.A. But due to my sickness, I have not been able to claim this fund from the Bank, as I have been in the hospital in U.S.A. and my sickness continue getting worst. I am suffering from a protracted cancer of the lungs which has affected my brain. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next eight months, this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.
The President Donald Trump said that some of the money held in dormant accounts would be used to fund youth and community projects. I am contacting you based on trust to present you to the bank as the Next of Kin and Bonafide Inheritor to my Late Husband's fund, since I cannot claim this fund myself now and I may not live beyond next eight months according to my Doctors, but I have the faith in God that I will live more than the months my Doctors said by God grace.
Presently, I'm with my notebook in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment in U.S.A. Please! Please!! Your help is needed to avoid this money been diverted to the British Government as unclaimed fund/dormant account. Imagine somebody who have no child, I have nobody taking care of me here in the Hospital and the money I have now is limited. Of which, that $5 Million is my only hope to continue my treatment here in the Hospital, and hopefully by God grace I will survive. Iff you will so kind to be of help, I will be very glad and only God will reward you for that. Upon the successful claim/transfer of the fund in your account as the next of Kin, 40% of the total fund will be taking as your own share, 40% goes to the Orphanage homes,  while the remaining 20% will be transfer to my account here in
U.S.A.  for my treatment. Please in your response, send me the following information to enable me validate you as the legal beneficiary of this funds :
(1). Full names:
(2). contact address:
(3). Phone:
(4). Cell phone:
(5). Age:
(6). Occupation
{7). Your country
Thanks, and God bless.
Mrs.Rose Shumejda

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