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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: SEA-GATE FINANCIAL TRUST FUNDS <drharrisonfinchleydept@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 08:51:42 +0100 (BST)
Subject: A REMINDER NOTE, DO NOT IGNORE.


Attention: Winner,

How are you doing at the moment?

This message serves as a reminder to you as one of the lucky winners in this years UK NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION that your winning prize is still lying pending here in our office/custody.

This notice also serve as the last notification letter to you, if you do not respond positively to this, you will be issued a disclaimer letter and i believe you know what that means.

Endeavour to get back to this office as soon as you can if not necessary actions will be taken.

Thanks for your expected co-operation.

Mr. Harrison Finchley,
For Sea-Gate Financial Trust Funds.
UK.



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