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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: ig eze <igeze6@live.de>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 03:14:30 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend.



Dear Friend. How are you and your family? You may not understand why this email came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding your bank Draft cheque of ($1.5million Usd) that my boss asked me to mail to you as soon as you request for, but due to some minure issue you fails to respond at the approprate time, presently the bank Draft cheque is with me here in BENIN REPUBLIC WEST AFRICA. Though i had a new contact from a friend of mine who works with one the Delivery Company here in BENIN REPUBLIC,that will assist you in delivery you your BANK DRAFT cheque at your door step with a cheeper rate, which the Delivery Company said it will cost you the sum of $95, so you have to register with them now for the delivery of the said bank Draft cheque to your home address. So feel free and get in touched with the Delivery Company and instruct them where to send the banK Draft cheque to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the delay since all this while. Below is thier email address,(couriercompany2007@yahoo.fr ) CONTACT PERSON... ( Dr Kelly Landers).TELEPHONE..+229-930-09914. Make sure you contact them as soon as possible, meanwhile i will go right away to the Delivery Company to submit your bank Draft cheque with the Delivery Company, and i would like you contact them for more information and clearification with thier email address and phone numbers above. I will like to hear from you as soon as you recieved your cheque.
Thank you. john onyi

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