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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: "finance" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:09:46 -0400 (EDT)

WORLD BANK AUDITORSSITTING PRUDENTLY IN THE NIGERIAN PRIME FINANCIAL INSTITUTION(CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA)TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS-NIGERIAOur Ref: WBA/NG/CBN/05Date: 01/07/2006 RE : DIRECTIVES TO UNDERLISTED CONTRACTORS WITH REGARDS TO PROVISION OF FUNDS FOR PAYMENTSATTN: Amarjit Singh SIR, The World Bank Group currently sitting in the Nigerian Apex Bank Institution the Central Bank of Nigeria C.B.N in conjuction with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have directed us the Federal Mortgage Financie Company to make provision for funds to enable the underlisted contractors have funds to fullfill all payment obligations hindering the release of their long overdue payments being held due to non payment of Mandatory Clearance Fees. With this directives,the underlisted foreign contractors are therebyb adviced to comply to this request by providing all neccessary payment informations that will assist us make funds available to you within 48 hours.The
affected foreign contractors are those mainly from United Kingdom and Germany whose accounts holding must be in the mentioned countries. The informations needed must be detailed and also an affidiavit of support sworn in a law court to this effect. Be further informed that you are not to make any payment from your private purse as all funds needed for payments must be provided by us the federal morgage finance company to enable you make paymernts to appriprate authorities preluding to release of the principal sum opwned you. We once again apologise to you for all the inconvienences your exteemed extablishment must have experienced in the past in the course of seeing to the transfer of your funds and promised to serve you better. Yoursfaithfully Dr kenneth Johnson

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