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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: " Frank VIllareal" <>
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2021 15:11:57 +0300
Subject: GOOD DAY


Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not suit your business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself to you. My name is Barr. Frank P Villareal , the Attorney to Late Mr. Che Junzang, A Chinese Japan Businessman and a miner at Kruger Gold Company, a Geologist by profession and he died since 2014 with his entire family .No other person knows about this money . Please view this website for verification My Client Mr. Che Junzang have a deposit of Twenty Five Million, Eight Hundred United state dollars (US$65.8M) in a Consignment with a Finance Security Firm. Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the existence of the deposited US$25.8M in a consignment.

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary receiver of this late client?s deposit US$65.8M in a consignment , The consignment was registered as CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS; but its only me and you knows the content to be money please don't let any one know about it to avoid losing the funds. If you are interested to receive the consignment kindly let me know at once.

I am ready to release 50% of the total money to you for your help; I will be expecting your reply today please advice me of any good and lucrative business in your country that I can invest my share into. This transaction is totally free of risk and life time opportunity for us for our mutual benefits. Kindly respond back to me to enable me give you the next step to adopt to enable us bring this life changing deal to reality.

My client Mr. Che Junzang, his wife ,daughter , his son in law , all perished on the same Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane crash.

I look forward to your earliest reply,

Best regards

Frank Villareal

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