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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 Kunle Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 10:50:19 +0100
Subject: The truth about your funds

    This strictly about your funds.
I am Pastor Kunle Martins the new assigned transfer director working with central bank of
Nigeria. I just started work with C.B.N. and I came across your file which was marked X and
your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid
VIRTUALLY all fees and but the fund was not released to you.
The most annoying thing is that they won't tell you the truth that on no account will they
ever release the fund to you, instead they allow you spend money unnecessarily, I do not
intend to work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if you can certify
me of my security and give me 30% of the funds when the money get into your bank account.
I needed to do this because you need to know the statues of your Funds and cause for the
delay, Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because you
are not a Nigerian. The only thing needed to release this fund is ANTI-TERRORIST CERTIFICATE
to show that the funds has nothing to do with money laundering or sponsoring terrorism.
Once this certificate is obtained by a certified attorney your funds will immediately be
release to youi and will be transfer to any Bank Account of your choice within 10 Minutes, the
ANTI-TERRORIST CERTIFICATE is all that is needed to complete this transaction.
Note that the actual funds are valued at $15.5 MILLION USD and the president has made a
compensation fund release order for all the funds to be paid to you as the beneficiary of the
total sum of $20.5 million.
Listed below are the mafias and banks behind the non release of your funds that  I managed to
sneak out for your kind perusal.
1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Senator David Mark
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
4) Dr. R. Rasheed
5) Barrister Awele Ugorji
6) Mr. Roland Ngwa
7) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
8) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
9) Dr. Patrick Aziza
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
10) Mr. Tunde Lemon
Do get in touch with me immediately with my direct number +234-80-6119-0886 and my email
address : to conclude this final transaction immediately, and also
send to me your convenient tel/fax numbers for easy communications.
Pastor Kunle Martins.

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