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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. Peter Amangbo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:02:20 -0800
Subject: Ok......

>From Mr. Peter Amangbo
Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc.
                                                                 RE: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER,
My name is   Mr. Peter Amangbo. a citizen  of Gambia I was posted here in Nigeria as  the new appointed director foreign payment department Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc. I
am writing to congratulate and inform you that both of us has been favored by the new elected Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari by appointing me
as the new director of the Central Bank of Nigeria and instructing my office to review your payment file and pay your overdue contract/inheritance payment sum of Ten
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only ($10,500,000.00) as my first assignment to this office, during my paper work review in my office this morning,
I discovered from our office payment file that you have not received your long expected payment of $10.5Million and you have spent so much money trying to receive your
money all to no avail and you have gone through all process to receive your payment through bank to bank wire transfer, ATM card, International certified bank draft
and cash payment diplomatic all to no avail and I am here by apologizing to you for the delay in releasing this fund into your account, which was as a result of your
inability to sign the original copies of your fund release order documents with our bank. Your so-called partners in Nigeria who introduced you into this transaction
refuse to tell you the transfer procedure because of the money they are extorting from you.
My dear friend the truth of the matter is, there is no amount of money you will spend or pay to anyone in the process of receiving your payment that will make you
receive this payment without following the due bank payment transfer process, if not you will keep spending your hard earn money bribing officials of the bank or
individuals without success, because Federal Government of Nigeria do not permit any back door payment.
Now that I have been appointed as the new director in charge of foreign payment with the central bank of Nigeria and have been instructed and empower by the new
elected President Muhammadu Buhari, I will like to ask you this question before we proceed and as soon as I hear from you I will let you know the reason why you have
not received your payment and what you should do to receive your payment through the right bank payment transfer payment process.
My question is this: Are you still interested and ready to receive your fund? I wait to hear from you and will disclose the reason why you have not receive your
payment and what you should do to receive your payment.
Finally, I will advice you as the current director in charge of all foreign payment to stop any further communication with whomsoever you are in contact with regarding
to this payment either local or international to avoid diversion of payment, now that I have step into your payment file for final remittance to you and also stop
wasting your hard earn money to individuals hence the problem is not all about money.
Call me as you receive this message. 
God bless you.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Peter Amangbo
Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc.

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