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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: "Mr. Joseph Michael," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:40:26 +0100


In Conjunction with the International Monetary Fund
OCHRE, Dalais Wilson, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Senior Human Rights Officer and international payment department

Kind Attn: Beneficiary with African /Asia and Europe Countries *

Sequel to the meeting we have with all the African country leaders regards to all the payment been owed by the African continent, the Chairman Organization of African Unit (OAU) has made it known to all the beneficiaries been owed by African via contract, inheritance, during his recent interview with British broadcasting co-operation (BBC) that all the debt been owed by the Africans should be paid to them via OAU account with the supervision of the International Monitoring Fund Unit , which you happened to be one of them.

The formal payment officer that has been handling your payment have been instructed to hands up from your payment due to the petitions and complain we have been receiving from all parts of the world against African countries the way they are delayin g their beneficiaries fund. Some petitions we received made it known to us that some beneficiaries Have loose all they have achieve in the life time due to the way Africans are asking them to pay one charge or the other in regards of their payment.

The UNITED NATION have agreed to compensate you with the sum of US$750,000.00 this includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum.
You are advice to stop any further communication outside this office which the officer in-charge is:-

Ms. Anna Hanson
USA Representative I
Phone: +22996342832

Please contact Ms. Anna Hanson immediately for the collection of your Cheque/ or ATM visa card to enable you confirm your payment without further delay, she is the only authorized officer in International monitoring fund unit to handle and witness your payment, any other further communication you have out side her office is at your own risk, and you are advice to stop making any further payment to any one without Ms. Beverly Hanson notice because she is the only authorize officer with International mon itoring fund unit via Organization of African Unit (OAU) re serve account under unite. The only money you will pay is our logistic charge for $197.

We apologies to you and your company or family for what it might has cost you in the past without receiving your payment upon the charges and taxes you have paid before. Get back to us immediately you cash your money to enable us close your payment file > with us.

Best Regards
Mr. Joseph Michael,
Senior Human Rights Officer United Nations

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