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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 obama.michelle" <>
Reply-To: "mrs obama.michelle" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:20:30 +0900 (JST)


How are you today

I am Mrs. Michelle Obama and I am written to inform you about your Bank Cheque
Draft brought by the United Embassy from the government of Benin Republic in
the white house Washington DC which contains the sum of $20.000.000 millions
dollars credited from the bank of America, the delivery of your funds has been
mandated to be deliver to your address on Monday being 19th of march 2016 to
you as soon as you get back to me with your home address and your cell phone

Bear in mind that I have taking my time to be in charge of your funds as
instructed by my husband to ensure that you received your funds successfully
from the white house to reduce the economy and I’m the only one that has your
funds in regard to my husband Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama II and you will have to
pay the sum of $100 only before your Bank Cheque Draft will deliver to you on
Friday, the reason why the fee is required is to have your funds clearance
paper from the origin of the funds to avoid any harassment from the authority
and you are also expecting to be announce as winner of the said amount by
Friday as soon as your fund is delivered to you.

So you are urgent advised to get back to me with your home address and also the
payment information today for immediate effect of your delivery. Note that the
$100 is the only fee and final payment you have my assurance.

However, according to our agreement with the originated Benin Republic, all our
communications should be on email for record purpose so follow my instruction
accordingly, even if you don’t have the $100 try to borrow it and send it
immediately because this is your life opportunity and I don’t want you to lose
the chance any more.

Please I will advice you to urgent make the payment this morning via western
union or money gram money transfer to the listed cashier information as
instructed you by the originated authority. I will look forward to received
your email today with the payment to enable the origin secure the required
clearance papers required at White House Benin to deliver your funds. Note that
it will take only 14hrs to deliver your Bank Cheque Draft in receipt of the
$100 payment.

Please find the payment data below to send the $100 via western union or money

Receiver Name:CHIDI IZUOBA
Country Benin Republic
City Cotonou
Question: Urgent
Answer: Needed
Amount: $100
MTCN reference number............

Sender Name...........
Sender's Telephone……
Sender's Address........

I look forward to your respond to your email with the payment today.
Regards Mrs.Michelle Obama
The White House
Official Residence of the President of the US
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500 USA

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