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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: "Dr. Olu James" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Olu James" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:00:48 -0300
Subject: Our ATM CODE of conduct is (ATM ****)



Due to your long over-due fund which you have been finding it difficult to receive via a Certified Bank Draft issued by the(, we have arranged your payment through our International ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific; this is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract Payment and debt re-scheduling.

We will send you an International Swift ATM CARD (Master Card) which you are to use in accessing your fund via in any ATM MACHINE location any where in the world, and the maximum daily limit is Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars ($15,000.00USD) valued sum at Two Million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars {US$2,500,000.00}. If you desire to receive your fund this way, kindly re-confirm your details so as to facilitate the immediate Release of your ATM CARD immediately.

Your Full Name.................
Full Residential Address.......
Direct and Current Phone.......
Present Country................

Please Note: As soon as your details have been received here by the SWIFT ATM PAYMENT CENTER, you are therefore advised to stop any further communications with all other bodies such as the Compensation and Finance House, Lottery Organizations, Bank Transfer Department etc. So as to facilitate the immediate release of your ATM Card and more so to avoid Mis-appropriation of your ATM Card. is aware that you are the only person left to receive your ATM Card out of the three beneficiaries.

Our ATM CODE of conduct is (ATM ****) as this is to be your subject when responding to our email sent to you {} to prove that truly, you received our email and to differentiate our office from any fraudulent office who will be claiming to be us. We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any further communication with anybody or office you can also call out hot lines +2347057397992,+23404546224. to confirm.

Thank you,
Dr. Olu James
ATM Logistics Unit,
Tel: +2347057397992,+23404546224.

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