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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: "Ms Rose" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 00:04:37 +0800


TICKET NUMBER: 2752246831
SERIAL NUMBER: 652-66283

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the second Category, which is part of our promotionaldraws.

The draws are being officially announced this day the 8th of March, 2008. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 1,000,000 email addresses of individuals and companies fromAfrica, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International PromotionsProgram.

Your e- mail address attached to serial number: 652-66283 with BATCH NUMBER:At-040SB06-03. which subsequently won you the lotto in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$1,000,000.00) in cash credited to : PBLREFERENCE NUMBER/247751407/BV made available from a totalcash prize of 10 Million United State Dollars, shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners In this category.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for Powerball Lotto.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our booklet representative office in Asia as indicated in our play coupon. ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ($1M USD) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in China.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest to aviod mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted into your Account.

This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators. You are to contact our Paying Security offshore account for your claim.

Name: Mr John Clark
Head of Dept.
Telegraphic Transfer Section
Construction Bank of China
He is the head of transfer section responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings price. YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-346-H67/C4 (Personal infomation). Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than 5days You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the release of your winnings.
1. Full Names:......................
2. Residential Address:...........
3. Phone Number:..........
. 4. Fax Number:.............
5. Occupation.........
6. Sex:............
7. Age:.........
8. Nationality:.........
9. Present Country:...........
A scanned identification of your self sent via email. You are advice to forward these information as soon as possible to enable us attend to your file. Once again, Congratulations.
Yours Sincerely,
Ms Rose
International Email Promotion Lottery

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