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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: United Nations =?iso-8859-1?Q?Organisation=AE?= <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 04:12:46 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attn Beneficiary

United Nations House,
Barley House,Har Road,
Greater London SM1 4te.
United Kingdom.

Final Draw: UNESCO 154/4456/011XN.
Ref No: UK/9420X2/68
Batch No: 074/05/ZY369

Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of the United Nations Organization Trust Funds. Your e-mail
was selected from an automatic email balloting system which consequently
emerged you as five of the lucky winners for a lump sum payout of Six
Hundred And Fifty Thousand Five hundred Great British Pound
Sterlings(£650,500.00) held in London UK.During this promotion no
ticket were sold out to candidiates.

Fill Details Below To Redeem Your Prize.

1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Sex and Age:
4. Country:
5. Occupation:
6. Tel:

Payment Officer Information.

Announcer (UN Development Funds Board).

Anti-fraud resources: