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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: Myown Box <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 06:50:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: RE: Scam compensation!!!

I am Mrs. Hamza Haruna the secretary to the new chairman of ECONOMIC

EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS)
with head Office here in Nigeria. I write to inform you that following a
meeting with the US Embassy and Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federal
Republic of Cote'dvoir and Federal Republic of Benin.The subject of
discussion is why American citizens who executed foreign
contracts/Inheritance/Lotteries are either paid part payment or not paid
at all. There are complaints by the American citizens and other
Western World that they have lost some amount of money in pursuit of their
payments and this gave rise to the US Government setting up a five man
committee to work with the US Embassy here in Lagos, Nigeria.towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa.
With the help of United States Government and the United Nations We have
been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of
west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN,TOGO,
GHANA CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos
Nigeria. We have been able to recover so much money from these scam
artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State
Government (F.B.I) have Order the money recovered from the Scammers to be
shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe. This mail is been directed
to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists
file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria. You are
therefore be Compensated with $2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION
Dollars Only) Remember the scam artist always claims that they are
Barristers/Bank Officials Lottery Agents who has money for transfer or
want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not exist.

Since your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a
compensation of $2,000.000.00  we have arranged your payment through our
swift ATM card payment, Feel free to contact Ms Tibor Williams the swift
card has been specially prepare. It enable you withdraw your money in any
ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Five Thousand
Dollars Only per day. So you are advice to contact Mrs Tibor Williams   or   she will proccess your
payment without any delay, we also advise you to help us fight scammer in
the world by providing us with there informations, the method they use to
scam you.

Best Regard
Mrs. Hamza Haruna
Sec to the Chairman EFCC

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