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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: Miss Stella Rose <>
Reply-To: Miss Stella Rose <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:13:58 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your
consignment but i did not heard anything from you since then, I have
deposited the US$5,000,000.00 with the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY here in
Nigeria, because I traveled to Japan to see my boss and I will not
come back till next year ending.I have arranged with the ALINCO
SECURITY COMPANY to get your US$5,000,000.00 to you this month and
they will be coming to you with the fund inside black portfolio, I
would have deposited the fund with Bank for transfer into your own
account but the procedure of Bank is too much and they will required
enough fee.I drop your delivery details with the ALINCO SECURITY
COMPANY but I will like you to re-confirm the information to them
again so that they will not be any mistake when coming with the fund.

 Send the below information to the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY.(1)Full
name:(2)Address:(3)Tel:I want you to know that you have all right to
declare how you want to receive your fund, I would have prefer the
fund to be transfer to you but I make some searches about the Bank
transfer and they told me that it will cost you the sum of US$1500 to
transfer the US$5,000,000.00 into your account.But I have deposited
the US$5,000,000.00 in cash to the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY, below is
the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY contact.Director: Mr.Paul Ego Mobile:
+234-80-91-8552-36 Email:(
)I have paid the
delivery charges and insurance fee to the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY. The
only Money that the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY will require from you is
$95 Dollars for demur-rage,

 if you can pay the $95 Dollars to them, they will proceed and get the
US$5,000,000.00 to you in your Country.Please if you want to contact
the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY, you are to contact them with your
portfolio code number which is (PPL111RSS) and your address where you
want them to deliver the cash to.You are to pay the $95 to the ALINCO
SECURITY COMPANY to enable them to proceed and get the cash to you,
don't fail to resend your information to them for your own good.

Regards,Miss. Stella Rose

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