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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: "Klein Matthews" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 22:23:29 -0800
Subject: Scam Victim Alert...

Sometimes, I do wonder if you are really, really with your
senses. How Could you keep trusting people and at the end you
will loose your hard Earned money, or are you being deceived by
their big names? They Impersonate on many offices, claiming to be
Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one Office or the other. Their
game plan is only just to extort your hard Earned money. Now, the
question is how long will you continue to be Deceived? Sometimes,
they will issue you fake check, introduce you to fake Diplomatic
delivery, un-existing on-line banking and they will also fake
wire transfer of Your fund with Payment Stop Order and even send
you fake Atm cards etc.

Anyway, by the virtue of my position I have been following this
Transaction from inception and all your efforts towards realizing
the Fund. More often than not, I sit down and laugh at your
ignorance and That of those who claim they are assisting you, it
is very unfortunate That at the end you loose. Although, I don't
blame you because you are Not here to witness the processing of
your payment. The problem you are having is that you been told
the whole truth About this transaction and it is because of this
truth they decided to Be extorting your money. The most annoying
part is even fraudsters Have really taken advantage of this
opportunity to enrich them selves At your expense. Those you feel
are assisting or working for you are Your main problems. I know
the truth surrounding this payment and I am The only person who
will deliver you from this long suffering if you will abide by my

They claim that they are helping you and you forward all the
fraudulent e-mails you receive to them. At the end they do
nothing about the fraudsters. Soon they will ask you to pay money
to receive a compensation of millions of dollars Do not pay any
money to them because they are only interested in your hard
earned money and you will never receive any compensation in
return, they will always keep coming back to ask for more money.

Please I beseech you to stop pursuit of shadows and being
Deceived. Feel free to contact me immediately you receive this
mail so that I can Explain to you the modus-operandi guiding the
release of your Payment. Do not panic, be rest assured that this
arrangement will be Guided by your Embassy.

N/B: You are urgently requested to provide me with the following

Full Name:
Telephone Number:
Passport Or National Identity Copy:

Contact me upon the receipt of this mail if you wish to receive
your fund and stop wasting your hard earned money..

I await your urgent response.

Yours Sincerely,
Klein Matthews

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