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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: "General John R. Allen." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:02:47 +0200
Subject: Your Payment Verification Alert.

>From The Desk Of General John R. Allen-
U.S. Marines Commander International
Security Assistance Force


Letter of Fund Clarification release approval on your favor as the only rightful Person to be compensated.

I know this letter might come to you as a surprise but do not be surprise or confused its me, General John R. Allen, retired United States Marine Corps four-star General, and past Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, prior to serving as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). i was signed by President Obama to write you personally, With the Information we received from FBI/ INTERPOL/ HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE/ EFCC NIGERIA/UNITED NATION/BRITISH AUTHORITIES ETC Today dated 18th of June 2016.

Sir i have been informed to contact you, to stop any further dealings with any person/office/bank/ anybody you are dealing with, regarding the transfer of your Huge amount of funds which you are expecting from outside United State.

Kindly heed to our directions, because information have been related to us to stop your transfer for legal procedures, and if you should keep contacting anybody for this funds you will lose this funds, because we know the legal source of this funds, and its rightful yours, but before it can be released to you legally, you shall be required to be guided with the legal procedures to enable our Government free the funds from funds trafficking and money laundry.

We were told that you are required to inform to us the total amount of the funds you are expecting to be transferred to your bank account here, to enable us confirm if its what we have in our record in your file here in my office. i have approved the stop order on your funds, ATM CARD delivery, diplomatic cash delivery until i hear rightful from you for legal advise and directions.

We shall expect to hear from you in short time.

Best Regards,
General John R. Allen.

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