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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: urban_lottery lottofund <ulottofund@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 07:48:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!


FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
URBAN LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
BATCH: EGS/ 22504002/06:
REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPD
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION.

This is to inform you of the release of THE URBAN
LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PRIZE DRAW, held on
the 25th of JANUARY 2005, but owing to some mix up of
numbers and addresses and the holidays, the results
were released on the 23RD MARCH, 2006. Your name was
attached to ticket number (085-12876077-09) with
serial number 51390-0 that drew the lucky numbers
of(03-05-12-14-28-38,0) which consequently won the
lottery in the 5th category. You have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay of $1M USD (ONE MILLION
DOLLARS ONLY), in cash credited to file with
REF.EGS/3662367114/13).
This is from a total cash prize of
$70,020.225.00,shared among the (25) twenty-five
international winners in this category.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with Union Bank Nigeria Plc
and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some
numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award
from public notice until your claim has been
processed, and the money remitted to your account, as
this is part of our security protocol, to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this
program by participants, as has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 25,000 names, email addresses
& official addresses, from Asia, Australia,
NewZealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle
East and Africa, as part of our International
Promotions Program.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize
in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery
claims, please contact your Claims Agent/paying Bank,
NAME: MRS PAMELLA, EASTHER
POSITION: OPERATION MANAGER,
(UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC)
EMAIL: st_paymentubn@yahoo.com
OR
CALL DIRECTOR UNION BANK NIGERIA PLC
"DR CLIFTON JOJO ON +2348022367537
WRITE/CALL THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH THE ABOVE
E-MAIL ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER ,
AND Remember, all prize money must be claim not later than 30th september2006.
Any claim not made by this date will be returned to
the DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.
Also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning
belongs to (the PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because they are
the company that bought your ticket and played the
lottery in your name. Note also that this 10% will be
remitted after you have received your winnings prize,
because the money is insured in your name already.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address,
please do inform your Claim Agent as soon as possible.
All the necessary documents will be send to you by
your Claim Agent,MRS ESTHER PAMELLA.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Once again from all members of our staff and thank you
for being a part of our International Promotions
program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
BARRISTER IBRAHIM MANDELLA
(URBAN LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL)


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