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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. EDDY NWAEZE" <>
Reply-To: "MR. EDDY NWAEZE" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:37:29 +0800 (CST)

Rue Caporal Bernard Anani,
01 BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin
Tel: (+229) 99 43 16 13


is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your
fund transfer through the western union Or MoneyGram network, I am doing
all I can to make sure you receive your funds and I protected your
funds for almost six Months now but I assure you that you still have
every opportunity to claim your entire funds from the United State
Embassy Office Benin Republic (U.S.E.B.R).

am only trying to help you because of the way the payment was handled
in the past. Secondly, I can not sit and watch you loose your funds
after confiding in me. As a matter of fact, there are still decent and
God fearing people here in the United State Embassy Office Benin
Republic which I am a good example. Since I came to this office in the
year 2013, I have helped so many foreign Contractors/Beneficiaries from
all paths of the world in claiming their long over due fund from the
Benin Government.

If you don't want to conclude these matter
before monday coming week just inform me today so that I can know what
next to do because I can just be
hearing same story and you will be dealing with people and sending
informations to them and if you cant send the fee then know that your
fund will be cancelled and all your effort so far will turn useless
because I did all I can for my government to protect your fund and your
personality but you won't listen, I can help you if you help yourself.

you can be able to come up with $65.00 for the Clearance Paper today, I
will make sure you get your fund tomorrow morning, your fund is ready
to transfer to you as I write to you now due to my effort and I don't
know why you should be dealing with people outside my office, just do
your best and these transfer will be conducted. Finally if this fund
will be terminated and there is no way on earth you can get this fund
because the IMF will just have to cancel your name from the payment
file, its better you conclude these matter within the given date.

I receive the fee , I assure you that you
are going to confirm your ATM  in your Country WITHIN two days  through
our choosing Diplomatic Agent.  I shall try my possible best to make
sure I conclude the due legal process and will like you to Take my word
because i am strong behide you and my effort to this does not end until
you confirm the avaliability of your ATM in your hands.

Please do
not allow any body to deceive you and I expect your response and I dont
want you to be tired of these, just take life easy and see what the
result will be by  next Week, I will expect your response and the fee
sent by western union. Just get back to me today with the details and I
promise to release your ATM to you, its not easy and I believe you have tried as well, so make sure you conclude these or your ATM will be terminated by the High Authority and that is all I can say for now.
Note that your ATM has been arrived in US embassy and waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given. Meanwhile you are advise to reconfirm
the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to the wrong
1, Your full name
2, Your home address
3, Your occupation
4, Direct Telephone Number

am expecting the payment information as soon as you can so we can
proceed immediately.  Note that you are expected to pay only $65.00 for
clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the
origination of the ATM. Send the $65.00 through Western Union or MoneyGram once you receive
this mail with the information below for immediate release of your ATM,

SENDER NAME.................? 

you send the money, try to notify us with the MTCN# AND THE SENDER'S
NAME for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your ATM. Please treat this as matter of urgency. Note that any uncliam
consignment will be return to the  Courier Company after 3 days for
final divertion. So you are urgently advise to comply with our demand so that your ATM will be among those that will be deliver this week.

Yours In Service,
Call me at +229-99 43 16 13

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