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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 Desmond Gumbs <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:35:59 +0800 (CST)

Dear  ,
Good day, How are you today? I am writing to inform you that I have Paid the fee for your Cheque Draft. And I went to the bank to confirm if the Cheque has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.Ahmed Zafa the Director of Credit Bank told me that before the cheque will get to your hand that it will expire.
So I told him to clear the $2.2million US cash payment to avoid losting this funds.However, all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $2.2million US cash was made with GLOBAL TRUST COURIER COMPANY here in Cotonou Benin Republic,

Mr.Ahmed Zafa the Director of Credit Bank  Cotonou have to package the sum of $2.2million US DOLLAR. in cash for me. Then he also agreed to help me to Register it as Consignment with GLOBAL TRUST COURIER COMPANY. Infact I thank God very much for all the movement I made, every thing goes normally.
As for our agreement with the Global Trust Courier company they promised that your consignment will leave this Country on monday next week,But the Director of the GLOBAL TRUST COURIER COMPANY said that they need your contacts informations to able them meet up with you immediately the Diplomat Agent arrived to your Country.

Please write a letter of application to the given address below.

TEl: +229-67546607.
Please, Send them your contacts information to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX .This is what they need from you.
1.YOUR FULL NAME............
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS........                                          
4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.......................
5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE...............................
Please make sure you send this needed info’s to the Director general of Global Trust Courier Company DR.SANNI IBRAHIM with the address given to you.
Note.The Global Trust courier company don't know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of an Africa cloths. They don't know it contains money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. don't let them know that is money that is in that Box.

I am waiting for your urgent response. You can even call the Director of Global Trust Courier company with this line:+229-93472350.
 Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mr Desmond Gumbs

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