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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: "euro afro" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 06:37:44 +0000

Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom +44 87047 96 799




We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro Afro American Sweeptakes Lottery programs held on the 05th  November 2006 2006 in Essex United Kingdom during the half year celebration.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 01/10/11/18/19/46, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.


You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00 (Eighty hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file PC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $1100,000,00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) lucky winners in this category world-wide.


Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office here in London as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by Royal Bank of Scotland. Our Bank in London will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies.


This promotion takes place annually. 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 corresponding agent in London immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is




TEL:+44 703 189 88 62



Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 12th December 2006. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents or us.


Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that has successfully won this competition.

Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.


United Kingdom zonal Secretary General



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