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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: "Central Bank of France" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <EuroFinanzza@representative.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:44:27 +0200
Subject: REF. S076554920134392, (€5,390,000-00=MILLION EUROS)

Swift Input : FIN103 CUSTOMER CREDIT Date of issue : 05 / 05 / 2014 Maturing at : 09 / 05 / 2014 Amount : 5,390,000.00 EUROS TRANSIT BULK DELIVERY TRANSFER NOTIFICATION: REF. S076554920134392, (5,390,000-00=MILLION EUROS) ONLY, Hello Dear, We refer to thirty- six (36) payments sent to our bank on the 05 / 05 / 2014 under the instructions of the International Centre for Settlement of Contracts & Investments Disputes (ICSID) which is an autonomous international institution established under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Settlement of Contracts Disputes, Lottery Winnings etc. Valid on 09 / 05 / 2014. Twenty-seven payments have since been completed, while nine remained pending. Your name has just been submitted to us as the beneficiary to one of the payments under the following transaction references; (1) TRN S076554920134392 Amount ?5,390,000 -00 Value dated 09 May 2014 By order of ICSID via the Central Bank of France Reference: FR/FMF/BCEAO-47/09ST We advise as status payment arriving our bank and ready for onward transmission to your account as the final beneficiary. The fund transfer will be credited and completed via swift as a 72hrs (3-days) normal banking period is allowed and shall be taking its normal banking routing and clearing system through our correspondent bank, La caixa bank of Spain, Laiki Bank (Guernsey) Limited, Channel Islands, UK and Bank of America, in North Carolina. Below: Itís the conference meeting when the world leaders assigned to amend this bonanza into law to services the needs of the citizens from 2011: http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-latin-america-0 Note: Due to the delay of providing your details on how you want to received this fund, the management board has advised you to contact your nominated agent to file in your claim or your fund will be return as unclaimed with out any delay. So you are advised to forward your details below include your identification by fax or email to your claim agent immediately. (1) Your Full Name: ........................................... (2) Your Age: ................................................. (3) Marital Status: ........................................... (4) Your Cell Phone Number: ................................... (5) Your Fax Number: .......................................... (6) Your Nationality: ............................................. (7) Your Occupation: .............. ........................... (8) Sex: ...................................................... (9) Your Religion: ............................................ (10) Your Address: ............................................ (11) Bank Details: ............................................ (12) Identification (Your Claim Agent Contact informations) EuroFinanzza Security Company S. A Tel: 00 34 611 249 513 Fax: 00 34 917 903 950 Email: EuroFinanzza@representative.com Contact Person : Dr.William Cruz Foreign Affairs Director NOTE: WE ARE NOT AT LIBERTY TO MAKE ANY DEDUCTIONS FROM YOUR WINNING FUND BECAUSE YOUR WINNING PRIZE HAS BEEN INSURED AND UNDER THE INSURANCE POLICY AND RULES GUIDING THIS PROMOTION, YOU ARE TO BE PAID THE FULL AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU WON WITHOUT ANY DEDUCTIONS. Sincerely, Mrs. Jo K. Alvaro General Overseer Tel/Fax: + 33 752 957 582

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