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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: police interpol <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:35:27 +0100
You are welcome to Desk of Chief Hon.Marilu Maradeo, International Interpol Police Force Investigating Unit Benin Rep,Working together towards a corruption-free world by promoting and defending integrity, justice and the rule of law’ Mission statement of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, We cover West African Countries. You have been reported today from World delivering courier department.
This is official notice to you that your consignment which was sent for you over a couple of months now was returned back to Benin Republic, after report received from ( FBI ) Washington DC Capital of United States of America, I know that you have been waiting for the arrival of your Consignment for months now, it is unfortunate that it was returned back, incase if anyone might be contacting you via phone or email.:
We need your absolute co-operation right now because, your package worth total amount of US$1.5, (1,Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) is right now in custody of Interpol Police Force Unity Benin Republic. Due Corruption undermines political, social and economic stability. It threatens security and damages trust and public confidence in a system which affects people’s daily lives. Although corruption frequently occurs at local or national level, its consequences are global; its hidden costs immense.
And information we get from Arthur Stuart III delivery company man stated that he missed your location he also stated that you are now dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with your families, to help them receive your consignment. As the world’s largest International Interpol organization, is taking its place at the forefront of the fight against corruption after we received the report from (FBI) we decided to call the consignment back to our custody just to find out the truth behind it.
The Interpol Police Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC) aims to developed and implement new initiatives to further law enforcement’s efficiency in the fight against corruption. It is a multi-discipline group with members from all regions of the world, coordinating and harmonizing different national and regional approach. The International Anti-Corruption Academy will be the world’s first educational institute dedicated to fight corruption. It will allow law enforcement professionals and others to learn from the world’s foremost authorities in anti-corruption training, research and a matter of fact, during our investigations we find out that some corrupt officials are using the name of ,WESTERN UNION ,ECO BANK AND this humble office to make money from your end inform of package comming to you but be rest assured that they are all a bundle of frauds.
In view of this development, you are requested to confirm to us if you are alive and also furnish us with your full names, postage address and telephone numbers to enable us deliver this consignment to your door step by International Interpol Police Force Unity Immunity.You will not be required to send any other fee apart from demurrage charge of $98 which your package has accumulated since its returned to this office and payment information you will use to send it is below;
Receivers name.....Uba Samuel
Country.................benin republic
textq.....................the only
amount.................$98 only
We have 186 member Countries.Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border Police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat International Crime.
Interpol aims to facilitate International Police Force co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular Countries. Action is taken within 72hours the limits of existing laws in different Countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Interpol constitution prohibits any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character. Interpol in Leadership the President of Interpol Police Force and the Secretary General work closely together in providing strong leadership and direction to the Organization.
Interpol Police Force, in partnership with the Stars Initiative, is working towards the recovery and return of stolen assets. This project allows Interpol to actively engage national law enforcement bodies in coordinated efforts to trace, seize, confiscate and return public funds to victims.
Remember to send your full name,delivery address,phone no.s after making the payment.And also remember that nobody will ask you for any other form of fees after this payment of $98 and you will receive your package(funds).
Chief Hon.Henry Nwosu
+229 98 18 2225
Inspector General of fraud International Interpol Police Force Unity.

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