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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: "From the coordinator-" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 04:00:35 +0100
Subject: From>Co-ordinator.

Your email ID emerged among the recipients in Category: A of the online email program.
Amount: 1.500.000.00 Euro Ref. Number: 5687SPL876,E-ticket number: 18457SP.

For more details,
Contact claim Dept via email.
Tel +31- 647 269 378.
Fax: +31- 847 549 511.

Send: 1. Full names....... 2. Address.......
3. Occupation. 4. Tel/Fax.... 5. Nationality...
6. Winning Ref Nr.......

If you are receiving this for the first time, Note: because of our commitment to ensuring
that winners receive their fund on time, that you will cotinue to receive reminders until
final transfer of your prize money to your nominated account.

Anti-fraud resources: