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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.Carolyn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 10:07:15 +0100
Subject: Good day

Good day

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your consignment but i did not heard anything from you since then, I have deposited the US$5,000,000.00 with the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY here in Nigeria, because I traveled to Japan to see my boss and I will not come back till next year ending.

I have arranged with the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY to get your US$5,000,000.00 to you this month and they will be coming to you with the fund inside black portfolio, I would have deposited the fund with Bank for transfer into your own account but the procedure of Bank is too much and they will required enough fee.

I drop your delivery details with the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY but I will like you to re-confirm the information to them again so that they will not be any mistake when coming with the fund. Send the below information to the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY.

1 Your Full name:
2 Address:
3 Private Phone Number:
4 Age:
5 Occupation:
6 Scan Copy of your Passport or Drivers License

Send the above detail information to the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY. EMAIL ,( )

I want you to know that you have all right to declare how you want to receive your fund, I would have prefer the fund to be transfer to you but I make some searches about the Bank transfer and they told me that will cost you the sum of US$1500 to transfer the
US$5,000,000.00 into your account. But I have deposited the

Contact Person: Mr.Morgan Kelly
Director Greenland Security Company
PHONE: +2347010644371

The only Money that the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY will require from you is $150 Dollars for demur-rage, if you can pay the $150 Dollars to them, they will proceed and get the US$5,000,000.00 to you in your Country.Please if you want to contact the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY, you are to contact them with your portfolio code number which is (PPL1111RSS) and your address where you want them to deliver the cash to.You are to pay the $150 to the GREENLAND SECURITY COMPANY to enable them to proceed and get the cash to you, don't fail to resend your information to them for your own good.


Mrs.Carolyn Johnson

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