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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.Chinyere G.Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:25:25 -0800
Subject: IF YOU FAIL TO SEND THE $68usd THIS WEEK YOUR $2.500, 000.00USD IS

I have to inform you again, that we are not playing over this, I know
my reason for the continuous sending of this notification to you, the
fact is that you can't seem to trust any one again over this payment

and we have now curt the prize of $168usd to $68usd for what you have been
cantered in many months ago, but I want you to trust me, I cannot scam
you for $68usd it is for bank processing of your payment, the fees is
but we have curt to $68usd so that you can be able to send it today,
is clearly written to you before, and the good part of this, is that
you will never, ever be disturbed again over any kind of payment, this
is final, and the forms from there becomes effective once we submit
your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee of $68usd I
don't want you to loose this fund this time, because you may never get

another such good opportunity, the federal government is keen and very
determined to pay your overdue debts, this is not a fluke, I would not
want you to loose this fund out of ignorance, I will send you all the

documents as soon as bank payment processing fee is paid, you have to
trust me, you will get your fund, find a way to get $68usd you will not
loose it,instead it will bring your financial breakthrough, find the
money and send it to our bursary.

The reason why am sending you this because I want you to receive your
USD2.5M immediately we are trying to round up for thispayment
program.The processing charges which was initially on the high price
has been cut down by the payout bank considering the poor economic
situations that make it difficult for the middle class citizens to
meet up with the processing charges of their entitlement. Upon the
confirmation of your processing charges you will get your
$2.500,000.00USD into your account within 15hrs.

Here is the payment information through western union money transfer
or money gram money transfer finally my advice to you is not to
abandon this transaction because of the requirement of ($68usd) Account

Please the fee $68usd should be send through Money Gram Office Not Western

Receiver's first Name: MARY KEN
City:::::::::::::: Cotonou
Country: ::::::::Benin Republic
Text Question: ::::::code
Amount required: :::::::$68usd
Sender's Name:::::
MTCN Number#:
Sender's address:

As soon as the payment is received today, you will receive your
$2.5Million USD
the same today without any delay.

Best Regards
Mrs.Chinyere G.Morgan

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