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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: Miss Fatimah AFFOUSAT SUKMA <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 12:39:08 +0000
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE......................

Hi I'm glad to read your letter today and I'm very pleased that you wrote.

I hope you got my email properly because today I found your email in
my junk mail folder and now I've marked it as important and it
shouldn't get there anymore. Because I don't want to lose your letter

This message might come to you as a surprise but please be rest
assured that it is all for good, meanwhile, I prayed before contacting
you and please do not see my mail as embarrassment as we do not know
each other before.

For proper introductions my full names are Miss Fatimah AFFOUSAT SUKMA
only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs GARI SUKMA, my late father was the
Quality Control Supervisor at Tullow Oil PLC in Ivory Coast. We are a
native of BANDUNG in INDONESIA. But my father married my mother here
in Ivory Coast where he was working and I was born and brought up here
in Ivory Coast.

My father death on the 19th of April 2021 as a result of Great Stroke
which lasted only for two weeks And since after the death of my
father, I tried to locate our families in Indonesia but i could not
find them. Now I have decided to move on with my life

I am contacting you with regards to my search for foreign partner for
investment I wish to bring to your notice my interest to partner with
you on a great business opportunity, I am writing you because I have
plan to relocate and establish an investment in your country and also
to further my education over there, I have the total sum of USD5.7
Million, this fund I inherited from my late parents and I intend to
invest this money in your country into REAL ESTATE BUSINESS/
AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS Etc. of which you are to advise and execute the
said venture for the mutual benefits of both of us. I am willing to
compensate you reasonably for your assistance and co-operation.

Please be rest assured that this project is operating very legal and
it is 100% risk free the fund is legally acquired by my late father
and must be invested in legitimate ventures all the legal documents
confirming the source and origin of the fund are intact with! me.

If you are willing to work with me, please reply to me as soon as you
can so that I will give you full details about the project as well as
all my personal details. Eagerly waiting to hear from you.

Have a blessed moment


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