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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. Peter Johnson" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:57:07 -0800
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.

How are you today and I hope you are doing very fine?

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a
hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.This letter must come to you
as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and
become great friends and business partners. Please I want you to read this
letter very carefully and I must apologize for barging this message into
your mailbox without any formal introduction due to the urgency and
confidentiality of this business and I know that this message will come to
you as a surprise. Please this is not a joke and I will not like you to
joke with it OK, with due respect to your person and much sincerity of
purpose, I make this contact with you as I believe that you can be of great
assistance to me.

Let me properly introduce myself to you and your company, I am Mr Peter
Johnson a security officer and special representative of Front of
Liberation of Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) from the rich diamond/oil district
of Cabinda, Northern Province of Angola presently I am residing in the UK.

I have in my position the sum $20,000,000.00 (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS ONLY) that I am seeking your assistance to move out from UK and
invest in your company/country, for the future benefit of my family because
of economics instability in my country, this investment will be under your
care and management, I prefer to enter into joint venture with you if that
would suit you , You can see so you will understand my
urgent need to send this fund overseas to invest for my family and extended

My people are being killed every day in Tchiowa as we live in misery from
USA Companies like Chevron, Texaco, Halliburton and MPLA Administrations in
Angola because of God giving resources like oil/gold/diamond that are in
our land.

Please note that my position demands absolute confidentiality on this
matter. Do inform me of your procedure and further arrangement as I will be
migrating to your country with me and my family during the investment .

I shall be waiting to hear from you through the email address ( for more orientation, possibly with your direct
telephone number .

Your early response will be appreciated


Mr. Peter Johnson

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