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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. JOHN BOOMA" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:37:22 +0100 (BST)

Attention Please,
Please if you really want your fund to be pick up to you without delay, Kindly go and send only $65.00 because there is no time to delay regarding the transfer of this your Fund, it is good to be good, the lord said that many are called but few are chosen, do listing to anything that I told you because it must surely come to happen, Are you ready to pick up this $6000.00 sent today.
We have concluded to effect your payment through western union$6000.00 daily until the sum $800.000.00 is completely transferred. Meanwhile, I am Dr Godwin Ben. Has western union $6000.00 in your name today. So contact US Western union Agent to pick up this $6000 now: Contact person :( MR.JOHN BOOMA).TEL:+229-99431613.E-mail:(
You should be wondering why am telling you all this, and I pray that ,By the name of Jesus Christ, you should get what ever things you want and Go d shall supply all your nee d as stated by his riches in glory through Christ Jesus «Philippines 4 Vs 19, please go ahead to send the money  $65.00 only, it is only this  $65.00 hold your fund to be set free to you in your country, because I have make all the necessary arrangement to set free your fund total $800,000.00usd to you, I can not deceive you at all because of  $65.00 but am only telling you the truth because my Bible say that I am the truth and the life and also "he emphasis that only truth can save, that is the reason why I keep on telling you to go and send the money and receive your fund,

Here Is The Payment information of your first payment that has been transfer but it's still on hold till you send the transfer charge so you can track it now and confirm that it's available for pick up then once you send the transfer charge today, we will release it immediately to enable you pick it today.

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):# 9261341221
Senders First Name: Joseph
Senders Last Name: Ude
Question: What Color?
Answer: White

Here is the payment information which you will use to send the $65.00 immediately below is.

Receive Name: Nonso Edwin
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou,
Text Q: How Long?
Answer: 3Hours.
Amount: $65.00
Senders Name:.....
MTCN Number:………

Do not worry about, everything is getting to be OK! .We are waiting to receive the information as soon as possible. Yours in service
God Blesses You From Western Union
Best Regards And God Bless.

Call: +229-99431613
Federal western union Federal republic of Benin

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