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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 15:22:12 +0000

Ref:UK9420X2/68 Batch:074/05/ZY369

Tel:+447045745181 Greetings Fund Beneficiary,We apologize if this email causes you any embarrassment or shock. We have intended this to be an informal approach so that you will know we have not contacted you in error or through spam.We hereby confirmed receipt of part payment of US$11.5000,000.00 USD only, ( ELEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD ONLY) Only, into our official ESCROW account with the Central Bank by order of the Central Newly Introduced 2008 Settlement Of Debt Scheme (SDS) in charge of Foreign Debt Recovery Committee on Overdue Contract / Next of Kin payments in United Nation, as indicated in our database.This programmed was introduced to all bank's in United Nation such as the Wachovia Bank, for payment and settlement of Foreign Debt, as the United Nation, has suffered a lot of loss because of debts owed internationally, the 2008 budget has the payment order and you are approved and scheduled for payment immediately, forthwith and unconditionally, your funds will be delivered to you through diplomatic courier services like a consignment. To your door step.Meanwhile I want you to forward the below information immediately, so that the diplomatic will arrive in your country for final delivery of your fund consignment box. Beneficiary Full Name:____________________________________


Sex:___________________________________________________Occupation:_____________________________________________A copy of your working ID:_____________________________________________________

We sincerely apologize for the delays and advice you to STOP any further communication with your associate in any of the African or United Nation countries for they contributed 100% hindrances to the release of your funds. Our final fund release order will be forwarded to our operational paying bank, the HSBC BANK IN USA, for immediate transfer of your allocation into your designated account upon receipt and official re-confirmation of your information in our database.Your full co-operation is fully required, as this might be the only available payment order for the year.Note: Fund will be retrieved to treasury after ten (10) business days of this notice.


Yours in service, Dr. Chris Anderson.Manager, Foreign operations Dept.

Best Regards

Chris Anderson

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