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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: Mrs Lisa L Swabi <>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:07:48 +0100
Subject: Your Compensation Atm Master Card with DHL courier service

Dear Friend,

My name is Barrister. Mrs Lisa Swabi, I and my colleagues have contacted
you before to Assist us secure the release of some money accrued from Over
invoicing of ATM Payment/ Inheritance, and Lottery Payment,Though you were
not able to assists us conclude the transaction complete then well I'm
happy to inform you about our success in getting those Funds transferred
under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from UK.

I have been waiting for you since then to contact me for your Compensation
of $1.2 Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
that time. Then I went and deposited the ATM CARD to DHL Courier Company
Limited, And now I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I
will not come back till end of September.

What you have to do now as a matter of urgency is to contact the DHL
Courier company Dispatch manager with below information as soon as possible
to know how long it will take them deliver your package to you because Of
demurage/expiring date on the Atm Card. For your information, I have paid
for the Delivering Charge and Clearance Certificate Fee of The Draft
showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in
your Country.

The only money you will send to the DHL Courier Service company Limited
dispatch manager to deliver your compensation bank Atm master card direct
to your postal Address in your country is ($195US) Dollars only being
Security Keeping Fee of your package only. Again, do not be deceived by
anybody to pay any other additional money except $195US Dollars. We would
have paid that but they said no because they do not know when you will be
contacting them in case of demurage.

You have To contact DHL Courier company Limited dispatched manager now for
the delivery of your Draft With below information;

Contact Person: Mr. Charles Anthony
Telephone: +234- <+234-8069253874>7061132909

Finally, make sure that you re-confirm your Postal address () and Direct
Telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake in Delivery and Ask
them to give you the tracking number after you might have paid the security
keeping fee and the parcel is dispatched to enable you track your Package
over the internet to know when it will get to your address. Let me Repeat
again; try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any
further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping Fee which is
$195US Dollars only for their immediate action. You should also let me know
through email as soon as you receive your Atm master card .

Yours Faithfully,
Barr.Mrs Lisa Swabi

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