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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 MIKE UBA ." <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:38:21 -0800 (PST)

Attention Beneficiary, How are you today and your family? This is to bring to your notice that We have deposited your draft of 2.8 million in DHL Courier Company Benin republic to be deliver to you and I have already paid the deposite fee which is $1250 USD, so be advised that the only fee you are going to pay to them are the delivery charge and the security keeping fee which I don’t know how much it will cost you ,when you contact them, then they will tell you what to do next. Try to contact DHL Courier Company and comply with them right now for the delivery of your consignment box. These are the contact information;
Director: Dr.Thomas Akabike Robert: DR. THOMAS AKABIKE ROBERT
Email:( )
Remember they will need your full information which are the followings:
1)Your Full Name:_________________
2)Your Country:___________________
3)Your Home Address:______________
4)Your current Phone Numbers:___________
5)home Your Cell Numbers:_______________
6)Your age:_____________________________
8)Copy of your id or passport:__________ BELOW ARE YOUR DHL SHIPMENT BOX
Shipment Code AWB 33xQT
Package Registered Code No XFT477
Security Code Sctc /5501BDHX/844
Transactions Code 0477/QSTC/117/330478/
Certificates Code SQTCF/BHDN/XXIQ/-78/00 Please make  sure you send this needed information to the Director general of DHL Courier Company Dr.Thomas Akabike Robert with the address given to you.They don't know that the box contains fund this is  to avoid them delaying with the Box.Don't let them know that it is money that is in the box contains.They are waiting for your urgent response ok .
Best Regards,

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