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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. William C. Dudley" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:04:09 +0600
Subject: From the desk of Mr. William C. Dudley Phone: +1 (901) 296-1596

>From the desk of Mr. William C. Dudley
Of Federal Reserve Bank,
33 Liberty St
New York, NY 10045-0001
Phone:+1 (901) 296-1596
Email: ( )

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you
through, while we were having some minor problems with our payment system which

in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.

>From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with federal Government of
U.S.A your name was discovered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding

contractors who have not yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the
previous administration in office please bear with us for making this initial

contact through email.
Meanwhile, a woman came to this bank a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your
true representative. Here is her information’s below.

Name: Mrs. Annette stillman
Bank name: Citibank , Arizona , USA .
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#:WMSBUS66
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv
Palmdale ca..93550

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not
so that the federal government will not beheld responsible for paying into

wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you requested to fill and send
this information’s for verifications purpose so that your fund valued ($4.700,

000.00 usd) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following
1. Bank Name:
2. Bank account number:
3. Route number:
4. Swift code:
5. Bank name:
6. Company name:
7. Position:
8. Address:
9. Working Id/ int’l Passport:
10. Age:
11. Your telephone number:

As soon as this information is received, your funds will be wired to your bank account
directly from Federal Reserve Bank New York USA . We shall proceed to issue all

payments details to the said Mrs. Annette stillman if we do not hear from you within the
next three working days from today. We are sorry for any inconvenience the

delay in transferring of your fund must have caused you.

You alerted reply urgent

Mr. William C. Dudley
Director Federal Reserve Bank
33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001
Phone: +1 (901) 296-1596
Email:( )

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