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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 16:32:42 +0100

Customer Service
580 N. Tenth Street, CA 85914
Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque
I.P.P Award Dept.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ref: WSL/9430Y3/05
We happily announce to you the draw of the WORLDWINNINGS Sweepstake Lottery
International programs held on the 31st of August,2004 in Johannesburg,South

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number : 5647566545288 with Serial
number 5233/09 drew the lucky numbers: 19-6-26-17-35-7, which subsequently
won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved
to claim a total sum of U.S $2,500,000.00 (Two million,Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/03.This is
from a total cash prize of U.S $2.5 Million dollars, shared amongst the
first ten (10) lucky winners in this category.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion
takes place annually.Note that your lucky winning number falls within our
European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon.In view of this, your U.S $2,500,000.00 (Two million,Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by our payment
office in europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.For security reasons,you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims
is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem
fit to claim your prize.This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous
elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch
numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank
you for being part of our promotional lottery program.


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