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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: "Douglas Egobia (IBT)" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:57:27 -0500

Head International Banking Division
OUR REF:... Imfbk/PCFPT/035/ZT012.

Date: 23 -06 -2012.

This is to officially inform you that (ATM Card Number: 4000 0012 3456
7899) has been accredited in your favor. Your Personal Identification
Number is 1230.The ATM Card Value is $1.5MILLION USD.

We now assumed that you are relieved with this positive development as to
this transmission. You are to send to us your full details Information's,
such as Full Name: Contact Address: Fax: Telephone: Occupation in other
for us to dispatch your ATM CARD with immediate effect.

Expect your immediate respond.

Yours Sincerely
Douglas Egobia (IBT)
Head International Banking Divisiondouglas
International Monetary Fund.
+229 98 242 774

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