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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: James Williams <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:04:41 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: James Williams has shared a file with you.



James Williams has shared files with you.

Message: Prime Minister's Office 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA Foreign Reserve Department, London UK. Tel: +44 70 359 764 71 Re: Code Number 811 Sequel to the taking over of the British Prime Minister Mr David Cameron in year 2011, be informed that he has instructed that all outstanding foreign debt accruing from INHERITANCE FUNDS, FUNDS TRAPPED IN LOCAL AND FOREIGN BANKS, SCAM VICTIMS and its associated cases should be compensated immediately through this office. We discovered that you were mislead by some officers who took advantage of you as a result of demanding one payment after another from you instead of releasing your funds to you. You are warned to stop further communication with anybody in respect of your payment with effect from today if you wish to receive your fund successfully without further delay. Your payment file is right here with us and we have are set to complete your payment immediately as instructed by Prime Minister David Cameron and ministry of internal affair, who has approved the sum of $500,000.000.00 (Five Hundred Million United States Dollar Only), to be shared among the affected scam victims around the globe. Note: that we have been mandated to issue out $2,000,000.00 (Two Million US Dollars Only) as a part payment to you for this fiscal year 2013 that will be paid through CITIBANK LONDON UK DIRECT TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE/ZENITH BANK PLC, LONDON UK DEBIT ATM CARD where most of the scam committed. if you will like to receive your fund this week let us know immediately by contacting me upon the receipt of this notification and also reconfirm the following information 1. Names: 2. Address: 3. Sex: 4. Age: 5. Occupation: 6. Phone Number: 7. Choose from the two payment option center. A. CITIBANK LONDON UK DIRECT TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE B. ZENITH BANK PLC, LONDON UK DEBIT ATM CARD While we advise you to stop further communication with anybody with effect from today no matter what the person might claim to be so that you don't lost your hard earned money to impostors again. We hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting us by using it as your subject because of your last experience. Yours sincerely, Mr. James Williams Foreign Debt Settlement Committee, UK


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