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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: "Triad Foundation Inc." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:57:35 -0400

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs Alice Hall. I am a US citizen and i am 43 years Old. I reside here in 1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA. and i am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation program in London Last Month and they refused to pay me. I had paid over
$20,000usd while in the US, trying to get my payment but all was to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to London with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Mr. Charles Pedro , who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said who ever is contacting us through emails are fake. He also took me to the paying bank { BARCLAYS BANK PLC } for the claim of my compensation payment.

Right now, I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of 200,000,00 GREAT BRITISH POUNDS more over, Mr. Charles Pedro showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who have not yet received the payment under FILE NO:54AC003 and that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people.

They are not with your fund, they are only making money off you. Therefore, i would advise you to contact Mr. Charles Pedro morton for assistance and inform him that your FILE NO:54AC003. Contact him directly via the information below.

Name : Mr. Charles Pedro
Phone: +448713152837

You are hereby advised to contact Barrister Tony morton with the following informations below:

1. Your Names in full.
2. Your Occupation.
3. your Residential Address.
4. Your Place and date of birth.
5. Your Telephone and fax Number

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Barrister James Smith was just 150GBP for the paper works, take note of that, These are the important claim required to obtain these legal papers to enable us effect the transfer of your fund.

The two important legal papers which you have to obtain from an accredited attorney here in UK are as follows

Whereby you cannot be physically present here UK for obtaining these documents,

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs Alice Hall
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA
Education: BS, Business Administration

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