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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: "Mr. GREG JOHNSON" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:00:05 +0000 (GMT)

Valued attention,  

This is in regard to your outstanding payment, please do not take this for a  junk letter this is real we have arraigned for the release of your over due  payment as approved $200.000.00 shipped is via Diplomatic Air Cargo Plane so  there won't be any additional costs. The shipping will take 1-2 days, depending  on your location.

Shipping will be door to door cash deliver to your home address; you must be  at home to sign for the reception. if you like, arrangement can be made for  pick up from the nearest  bank in your area, this is not a blind transaction  You will be contacted  once the consignment arrive your country with details  and all the papers and documents necessary . Please take in to consideration that you will pay the clear title $30 here  only to allow us perform our normal duty   If you agree with these terms, send  us your full name and the address where you want the consignment to be  delivered to and I will initiate the transaction immediately you send the fee . So that we can finalize every things by today. send the fee by  western union with the below: So you are to make the payment of $30 Dollars for the delivery of your check with this payment details below:-

Sender's Name:---------------
Receiver Name:  Kelvin O. Omokwe.
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Amount To be Sent: $30
Text Question to be used: What For?
Text Answer:  Post.
Money Transfer Control Number(M.T.C.N):-------------

On sending it do  forward the MTCN question and answer also make sure you confirm your delivering  address to enable us post immediately you send the fee .

Thank you and waiting your urgent response.

I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.
Thank you,
Kindest Regards ,
Mr. Greg Johnson
Trans-Fast Financial Service
Benin Republic-Portnovo
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