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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 Mary Stephen <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 21:46:41 +0000
Subject: Hello My Good Friend,

Hello My Good Friend,

I wish to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred.

Though, it is indeed, a very longtime. On my singular, I am much
delighted and privileged to contact you again. It takes fate, courage
and God's fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to
show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things did
not worked out as we projected then. I take this liberty to inform you
that, the transaction i called you for an assistance and building of
orphanage home which didn't worked out then, finally worked out now by
God's infinite mercy, I am obliged to inform you that I later found
another new God fearing person from Canada who succeeded in receiving
the funds.

Everything was perfectly done because he strike the project with one
of the Lady accountant who works with the Remittance Department of the
Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help
to him. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out
successfully, and I decided to contact you, just to let you know that
i have conscience as a human being due to your tremendous effort and
contribution to make things work out in retrospect and in appreciation
of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds I have decided
to compensate you with the sum of US$750,000.00

Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I even succeeded the operation
which I went through and I am getting better now. I am presently in
Canada with my new friend / brother for the establishment of the
charitable foundation as I told you previously.

I just arrived yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel where I
meet my new friend / brother in the lord and decided to use the hotel
business center to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I Left an ATM
MasterCard credited in your favor with tune of US$750,000.00 in the
custody of a reverend father and a reputable man that use to pray for
me during the time I was in hospital to deposit in a courier /
security company in your favor as COMPENSATION for your dedication,
humanity and contribution, as it were pending your contact to him for
onward lifting and delivery to you at your address in your country.

The name of the reverend father is Rev. Michael Thompson and please, contact
him on his E-mail: (

) You are to forward to him the following:


He will advice you further if there is any other thing you are
required to provide, Feel free to reach him via his email address and
get back to me as soon as you receives the ATM Visa Credit Card

Thanks and God bless.

Mrs Mary Stephen

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