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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. Svoboda J Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 06:54:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: After several attempt to reach you by phone,

Good Day My Dear,

After several attempt to reach you by phone, I deemed it necessary and urgent to notify you finally about the outstanding settlement of your over due payment. This is to inform you that we European Union @ United Nations Monitoring institution, has taken upon our selves to settle these very bills, because of the dubious attitude of the apex institution in Africa who have made things difficult to their dear client. On the detailed verification and reconciliation of your file ,it was crystal to us that you are the rightful bonafide beneficiary to the said fund which has been delayed due to lack of information of which you were misled and misguided about the position of this fund that

made it too longer up till date.

However after our due checking of your file and it was satisfactory approved for payment that is why you have to disengage from any body or impersonated officers who claim to be in position of your fund, thereby misleading and having the opportunity to extort money from you. Because of this outstanding problem, the president committee on contractual matters has decided to pay this fund to you through our paying bank in USA Bank of America. We have concluded all the necessary arrangement towards the release of your payment dispatching the senate in collaboration with federal ministry of finance and have already deposited $1.2millon US dollars for the revalidations payment .so ,you are advice to forward youre full name, contact address and telephone to our Loot programming office In Benin.

contact information E-mail:( ) to enable them automate the information so as to give our payment bank in US the access to issue you a casher cheque and you will cash it immediately any place you like. We have paid for the processing and delivery charges.the only money that you are going to pay is $80 usd only for re-activation of your payment before your money will reach you. Your advice to stop contact with any body in regard to any transfer originated from Africa both your local representatives and so here on-now and adhere to our advice to get your fund paid.

Accept our congratulations in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Svoboda J. Williams.


Website Officer


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