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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: "FRED THOMAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 17:02:20 -0500
Subject: TRANSFER OF $9.7M DOLLARS....Reply!

From the Desk of;Mr Fred Thomas
Director;Int'l, Credit Control Office.
Dear Sir
Following the directives received from the Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria,as a result of petitions and counter petitions by foreign contractors over non-payment of their contract claims,we the international Monitoring Fund/World Bank ,has been mandated to look into all overdue contract payments yet to be released for vetting/Authenticating and immediate release of such funds,Your name is among the list of beneficiaries short-listed for immediate payment.
Be informed that there are several accounts submitted for your payment by your local representatives Dr Williams Ibeh to the KTT Director, World Bank, We do not know into which account to effect your payment.Please, you are hereby required to clarify the following immediately: -
1. Did you broker your payment to one Mr. DARRYL SPEARS Of Michigan USA.,to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?.
2. Did you sign any “Deed of Assignment Your $9.7m in his favor,thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details?.
Northwest trust Bank
1 Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago, Illinois USA,
A/C NO: 12 49819
Swift Code;6023-13 76ABA
ROUTING NO: 171000152,
A/C NAME: Titan Erectors, Gerard V. Radice/Konzeng Agent.
You are required as a matter of urgency to confirm the legitimacy of the above claim and kindly give us reason why you decided to affect the above Change of Account.
If you are not aware of this claim, please confirm to us through the above stated telephone, and e-mail address immediately by stating your authentic Account details,for proper credit of your funds.
Due to the long delay this payment has suffered, be rest assured that immediately these payment irregularities are cleared, you would receive your fund remittance analysis for clearance of funds into your account.
Note that we are bound to recognize Mr. DARRYL SPEARS claim, if you fail to promptly response to this notice following the Deed of Assignment he submitted to claim this payment.Make sure you get back to me as soon as possible so that necessary action will be taking immediately.
Please kindly re-confirm the following information below:
1) Your Full Name…………….
2) Your Mobile Number and Fax……….
3) Your Home address………………
4) Your age and Occupation………
I will be looking forward to hear from you.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr Fred Thomas

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