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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: "Ronald Evergreen" <>
Date: 01 May 2022 12:34:08 -0700
Subject: Hi there..

Dear friend,

This email is strictly confidential and if receiving it does not
please you, kindly delete it and speak to nobody about it please
to avoid complication. For more proof about it kindly click on
the BBC News website below and read carefully to confirm every
history about the death of Mr. John Shumejda.

My name is Mr. Ronald Evergreen, I work with a well-known
financial house (BANK) here in London and I am the personal
account officer to the late Mr. John Shumejda who died in a plane
crash in the year 2002 when a private jet crashed during take-off
from Birmingham Airport. I had a private meeting with My late
client the same day before the crash and this gentleman had plans
of investing over GBP 10 Million Great British Pounds sterling
into some venture in Dubai and making me the manager of that
venture upon my retirement in some months time. Mr. John Shumejda
is a very close friend and big client, we believe so much in him
and what I advise him. I was shocked and I almost died when I
heard of his sudden death after some hours when both of us spoke

A few months ago I received a MEMO from my bank as his account
officer where I was told that since the death of Mr. John
Shumejda in 2002, no one has ever come forth as his next of kin
to make an inquiry of his deposit with the Bank, therefore, I
have been mandated to search for his next of kin and present to
the bank between now and end of this month otherwise his
deposited funds will be canceled and send to the UK Government
Treasury Account for confiscation. And all effort to locate any
of his family members has proven unfruitful and as far as I know,
Mr. Shumejda has no next of kin because he has no children and
his wife also died a few years after the death of her husband
because she could not bear the pains.
Therefore, I am contacting you to stand as my foreign partner to
claim as next of kin to late Mr. John Shumejda so that the bank
can release his deposit amounting to the sum of GBP 55,78 Million
Great British Pounds sterling in your favor. And once the money
is released into your bank account, we will share the total sum
via the following ratio 45% for you as my trusted partner, 55%
for me as the initiator and founder of the deal. I want to assure
you that this transaction is 100% hitch-free as I have everything
planned out already, all you need to do is to follow my
instructions as I am going to present you before the bank
management. If you are willing to work with me and you can be
trusted, kindly send the following information to enable me to
submit your application file to the bank immediately because we
have from now till this month end to move these funds out of the


The time given to me by the bank is almost up and I cannot let
them confiscate the account as I have told that once I fail to
provide his next of kin, the Bank will turn some part of the
money into the government account and the rest will be shared
among the board of directors of the bank. I believe that this is
my chance and a great opportunity to make the most of what life
has given to me and whoever will stand as next of kin to claim
the funds, like said before, do not reply to me if you have no
intention to follow me through with this transaction.

I had to make a trip to convince my directors that I had gone in
search of the next of kin to Mr. John Shumejda. Your urgent
response is needed with your details, God Bless you and your
family. Chat me via WhatsApp on:+1-413-278-0914 or write to me
on: and we can talk more about
Yours faithfully.

Mr. Ronald Evergreen,
Financial Officer.

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