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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: Owen Katharine <>
Reply-To: Owen Katharine <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:46:48 +0000 (UTC)

 My Dear Friend,

Compliment, my name is Katharine Owen a Secretary of the Finance & Management Supports Initiatives,the consulting firm.I was asked to inform you over a Compensation sum of(Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars only) US$500,000.00 made in international certified bank draft on your name.

Our financial and consultant firm was approached by your someone to assist in finalizing a suspended fund transfer which you are involved and by the grace of God, at the end the fund was transferred successfully and he has collected his own share, Presently, he is in Ecuador in partnership with a core investor in the Mining Sector of their economy, we are investing in the industry.

After the success of the transfer, your partner did not forget all your effort put in the past, though it met with various failures and disappointments after the other, For your sincere but unfruitful sacrifices and oblivious of the fact that you did your best in that context, although, it seem that element of doubt crept in. You were not to blame, as there were many circumstances that would reflect such skepticism to any reasonable being.But you know one thing in life, good things doesn't come easily, and you also know that this world is just like a battle field and it is only those that are strong enough to fight till the end that always wins the battle and make it to the end and at the end lays the breakthrough because persistence and determination is always the key factor to success.

He pressurized the influential woman to concede some amount as COMPENSATION to you, for the resource that you implanted even the time and inconveniences. The sum of $US500, 000.00 was what she agreed to as your compensation value, and the sum was made in international certified bank draft and then handed it over to Rev. Pastor Haworth Theodore E-mail: ( )

The Rev. Pastor is very much informed by the woman about you and instructed him to hand over the Draft you as soon as you contact him. She gave him the CODE 728, which you have to mention for identification. Note that at times your partner will be in the site and the Internet does not work there, only in the city.

Expecting to get back to me when you contacted Rev. Pastor Haworth Theodore

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Katharine Owen

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