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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 John Thomas <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 02:30:25 -0800
Subject: Best regards,

Best regards,

This mail may be a surprise to you because you did not give me the
permission to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you about
myself I want you to please forgive me for sending this mail without your
permission. I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is
the will of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless
and reward you abundantly. I need an honest and trustworthy person like you
to entrust this huge transfer
project unto.

My name is Mr John Thomas kofi, The Branch Manager of a Financial
Institution. I got your contact through a reliable source called the
database through Ghana chamber of commerce. I am a Ghanaian married with 3
kids. I am writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer of
US$12,500,000.00 Dollars. This fund is the excess of what my branch in
which I am the manager made as profit this year (i.e. 2020 financial year).
I have already submitted an annual report for half a year to my head office
in Accra-Ghana as I have watched with keen interest as they will never know
of this excess. I have since placed this amount on an Escrow Coded account
without a beneficiary (Anonymous) to avoid trace.

As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money
thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money
into your bank account on my behalf. I agree that 40% of this money will be
for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign
account, and 60% would be for me. I do need to stress that there is
practically no risk involved in this. It's going to be a bank-to-bank
transfer OR E-online transfer. All I need from you is to stand as the
original depositor of this fund so that the fund can be transferred to your

If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response to me.
This is the reason why I contacted you, I am willing to go into partnership
investment with you owing to your wealth of experience, So please if you
are interested in assisting on this venture kindly contact me back for a
brief discussion on how to proceed.

All correspondence must be via my private telephone number +233-553867981
and whatsapp, and E-mail( for obvious security

Best regards,
Mr John thomas kofi,

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