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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Lotto Promo" <cheerfulgate_lotto@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:14:30 +0000
Subject: WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE

VICTORY LOTTO POOL

AV 5 CASTILLA MADRID SPAIN
FROM:CHEERFULGATE AWARD DEPT.
REF: SUN/2010-968091/03
BATCH: 54/010/IPD
DATE: 14/11/2005


RE: EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE
We are glad to inform you that your e-mail address appears as the confirmed
Winner of our last VICTORYPOOL e-mail lottery program held on the 13th of
December 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 20675543256-786
with Serial number 3765-75 drew lucky numbers 7-12-18-24-32-45, which
consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a
lump sum payment of one million,five hundred thousand united state
dollars(US$1.5,000.000).
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This promotional program takes place every year. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 companies
and 50,000, 000 individual e-mail addresses and names from all over the
world.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to
quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
We ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims
have been processed and your money remitted to you. Remember all winnings
must be claimed not later than 20th of December 2005.After this date all
unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.To file for your claim or
for further details, please contact our agent Mrs.Jennet Brown at
jen_browny@yahoo.es.
In respect of our commitment towards helping the less previledge, we ask
that you voluntarily contribute 1% of your Global winnings to any charity
organization you desire at your convinience.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff.

Mr.HARRISON GOLDSMITH
Global Winning co-ordinator


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