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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: Mr Isa Ahmed Musa <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 14:40:35 -0700

*Attention Dear Friend*

*It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise.This is
because we have not met before but I am inspired to send you this email
following the huge **fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual
benefit to the two of us.*

*However, I am Mr. Isa Ahmed Musa the Account Officer to the late Engr.
Michael Johnson, a national of Northern America, who used to work with
Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria . On the 11th of
November,2015. My client,his wife And their three children were involved in
a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos **Express Road while they were heading
to the AirPort to board for their trip to Dubai.*

*Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident,
Since then I have made several inquiries to several Embassies to locate any
of my clients **extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.*

*After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no
avail, hence I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and
property left behind by my client, wright now as it stands now I will
convince the bank as his Account Officer that you are the only surviving
relation of my client. Otherwise the Estate he left behind will be
confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits
were **lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account
valued at about $15 million U.S dollars(Fifteen million U.S.America

*Consequently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or
have the account confiscated within the next 21 official working days.
Since I have been *

*unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over several years now.I seek
your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so that the
proceeds of this **account valued at $15 million U.S dollars can be paid to
your account and then you and I can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to
you,while 5% should be for expenses **or tax as your government may

*All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
through and also forward the following to me:*

*Your Full Name:*
*Your House Address:*
*Your Tel-phone And Fax No:*

*I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect us from any breach of law.*

*Yours Faithfully,*

*Mr. Isa Ahmed Musa *

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