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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:

Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 20:15:34 -0500
Subject: Attn Please:

Attn Please:

I am Mr.Mark Francise, Head of Foreign Remittance Dept.,National WestMinster Bank Plc London; my office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial Institutions in London concerned with foreign contract payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign contracts and inheritance settlement.

I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated account as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts ,unclaimed or over invoiced sum, on this note I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid amount of of GBP 7.5 Million.I have all the file jackets before me to effect the beneficiary to your name as it is my duty to recommend the transfer of any surplus funds to the Government Treasury and Reserve Account as unclaimed deposits in your name , I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received two days ago from the Parliamentary Committee on Contract Payments & Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues among several others. If you agreed on this deal, I will legalize your name as the bonafide beneficiary of this fund and have this fund
transferred to your nominated bank account via Telegraphic Transfer (T/T), confirmable within 3 working days.

This deal must be kept secret beyond every reasonable doubt, and all correspondence will be strictly by email & telephone for security purposes,it is a 100% hitch free transaction and there should be no third party, as most problems associated with fund release are caused by third party.Prior to your respond I shall fix your name on the Payment schedule list instantly with the
National WestMinster Bank Plc London thus if you are willing for this transaction, you should please send the below information for us to proceed:

1.Your full name and contact address.
2.Your age,occupation and marital status.
3.Your private phone number.

Best Regards.

Mr.Mark Francise

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