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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: Mr Richard Parrott <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 10:26:10 +0100

Attention Sir/Madam.

This is to bring to your notice, In regards to the series of petitions
we received from unpaid Foreign Contractors, Inheritance, next of kin
and scam victims' compensation payments that originated from Africa,
America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on how governments usually
don't pay them their contract funds, compensation, And other Debts
owed them by the Government Based on this, International Finance
Corporation held a Meeting with European Union Fund Control in
Brussels, Belgium a useful discussion on how best to offset the debts,
your name and your e-mail address were among the list that received
their payment.

Please, disregard any email suggesting your payment is through Africa
or to send any money in Africa to receive your payment as a JUNK
because your payment has been channel led to Royal Development Bank
where it will be finally released to your account.Any money you send
to Africa from now on is at your own risk.Get back to me soon as you
receive this mail to give your contact information for the Royal
Development Bank of Canada I will transfer your payment directly to
your account and also guide you on how to receive the fund account to
your account without any further delay because I have already
investigated this transaction and found out the whole secret of the
transaction and the reason you have not to receive the fund for long,
and several attempts have been made on your behalf to claim the fund
on your behalf without success.

This is your opportunity to receive the fund this time because I have
known all the secrets of the transaction and the cause of the delay
over the fund
I must confess that significant efforts have been made, and the
agreement reached and finalized with the Royal Development Bank of
Canada to release your payment directly to your account.

Note: if you are not expecting any payment from Africa or Europe, then
you can still get back to me to guide you on how to claim the payment
since your name and your email address were among those that will
receive their payment, but it will be a deal between both of us If you
have any doubt or negative thoughts about this, please, don't bother
to reply to this message, I cannot persuade you, I am only here to
exercise my hatred of cheating and cheaters, using my perfect
professional skill.Be assured of the successful completion of this
deal upon adhering to my directives by acting at the right time where

No INTERFERENCE from the Government or any Financial Authorities, no
one will have the right to intervene in the transaction following my
perfect plans to make it happen.kindly reconfirm your information such
as your full Name, Address,Attached copy of your Id, Country, Phone
number for immediate process the transfer of your funds.

Best Regards
Mr Richard Parrott

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