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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: "Dr. Linda Robert" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 03:20:19 -0700
Subject: Dr. Linda Robert ?


This is the office of the united state treasury, I was the one who
instructed money gram office to contact you regarding your out
standing fund in our custody, $30240,000.00.

My name is Linda Robert, I am from united state treasury of the
treasury by our able president of united state, Joe Biden, the mandate
given to me by my president is to make sure that all UN paid fund will
be cleared before the end of this month,

I held a series of meeting with both western union and money gram
office here and only discovered that you made a lot of effort to claim
your fund in the past but western union department could not release
the fund either by one reason or the other, this is why ordered
$10,000 us dollars ail should now be sent to you through money gram to
avoid any delay, I told them that you will send $350 for reactivation
of the fund but suprisely to me now, Dr.Kenneth of money gram office
wrote to me and said that you couldn't be able to comply,

May I kindly inform you that you have only today/tomorrow to comply by
paying the fee or we will confiscate the total fund and have it
transferred into government treasury, I HAVE NOW REDUCED THE FEE TO
$150 DOLLARS, the reason we reduced it to the dollars is to make sure
you do not any complain,

I urge you to try and send fee to the name of the staff, who will go
and pick ir and have everything processed, my office will reactivate
the payment file reactivation of the fee of $150,

You can send the fee either through world remit with the name who will
go and pick it up immediately you forward the payment information to
us, I want to assure you that there will be no other payment after
this reactivation fee because it is my office that will handle

Thanks as I waiting your urgent respond,

Dr. Linda Robert

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