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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: dav dav <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 06:02:26 +0000


Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter out of a genuine desperation to find a reliable partner in the unfolding partnership in a transaction so profitable and simple.I seek your help, attention and genuine co-operation to our mutual benefit and I believe that you will not let down the trust and confidence I am about to repose on you.

MY NAME IS Shelten Neth.,I have been working in a public Relations firm that pays me about two hundred dollars each month.On the 30th of june 2019,our company made a very big financial breakthrough when we made contact with ALHAJI NADDAH (xi) and began to supply him his cow medicines. ALHAJI NADDAH (xi) is THE PRESIDENT OF AFRI DYNAMICS COMPANY FARMS) is a millionaire farmer with CATTLE FARMS in MALI, SENEGAL, GUINEA,BURKINA FASO, CHAD REP, and a new one located at SOUTH AFRICA.

Moreover, he is the greatest supplier of cattle beef and other dairy products to the whole of West Africa.He has informed us about the huge amount of money he spends on the purchase of a particular but very important cattle medicine. Precisely, he buys US$ 4,800 per carton.He asked if our organisation can source for a cheaper supplier.We did market research and discovered that we can buy these medicines in Europe for US$2,000 per carton. We moved a proposal to ALHAJI NADDAH, to supply him at US$4,400 per carton which they accepted.As these supplies progressed and our company is doing fine,I requested to my boss for an increase in our salary.he was so upset that he sacked me without benefits and ten years of dedicated workmanship.

I was so desperate that I went to the ALHAJI and infomed ALHAJI NADDAH (XI),that I have a foriegn contact that will be willing to supply him this same products at US$4,400. Per carton. ALHAJI NADDAH in turn confided to me that he is about to place order for two or three thousand cartons following a suspected outbreak of disease in his farms.I assured ALHAJI NADDAH that my foriegn contact will be in the position to manufacture and supply to him,in fact I convinced him that my former boss usually buy from my foriegn contact and that is why he sales to him at a higher price.

HOWEVER,I INFORMED ALHAJI NADDAH THAT HE WILL HAVE TO PAY CASH IN ADVANCE BEFORE MY FORIEGN CONTACT WILL SUPPLY TO HIM.For the moment he has stopped all contact with my boss.Please consider on how to handle this profitable project and kindly contact me immediately for more details and negotiations as regards my commission.However,I will insist that my commission will be 20% of the total profit.Note: We will buy two or three thousand cartons at US$2000. We sell to them at US$4,400 Dollars, our client pays cash before lifting the goods.(They must not know our purchase point in Europe).

Thanks and God bless you.

Mr.Shelten Neth.

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