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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: "Dan Pwajok" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 02:02:38 -0500
Subject: Reply Now

Thank you for your time to read my email and as you may wish to know, I am making this contact with you based on the fact that the information I have is so positive as to convince me that you would be capable to provide me with a solution to the money transfer for the sum of One Hundred And Nine Million, Point Zero Zero United States Dollars (US$109,000,000.00).
As you may wish to know,I am Mr Dan Pwajok the chairman of the special committee set up by the federal government to review the finances and award of contracts by the department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of my country in Africa.
This Committee is principally mandated by the Government to review the oil deals/contracts involving the federal government of my country,and also all the bogus and the over-inflated oil contracts awarded from 2010 to 2014.In the course of our duty, I discovered that a contractor whose name appeared to receive the sum of US$109,000,000.00 being the amount meant for a contract he handled for the petroleum department is late and all the efforts made to contact his company or relatives and next of kin proved abortive hence I personally decided to recommend the contract for payment to the government which they have just approved hence the payment hence I am now looking for a very trustworthy and reliable person/company who will stand as the contractor so the payment can be made into his account.
In the past year, I have employed very diligent bureaucratic means to divert the sum of US$19,000,000 being the contract value/amount from the external oil sales of the Federal Government of my country Nigeria,this being an outstanding payment amount meant for the deceased contractor that died alongside his family in an air crash who before his death was awarded the contract and handled the supply,installation and maintenance of the Axial plants in three refineries of Kaduna, Warri and port-Harcourt in my country but my strategic position in the Government of my country and my relationship with all the corresponding key officials in the Governments of other key oil trading partners,has afforded me the required inter-governmental funds transfer connections as well as the know-how that will ensure the success of an operation of this magnitude hence for our safety,I have structured the transfer of the US$19,000,000 to conform to the highest standard of International Banking Regulations and Financial Laws hence
Your role in the above regard, will be to act as the beneficiary of the funds in question, as my official portfolio precludes me from legal association with this money but you must however, note that the transfer will be guided by certain express provisions designed to ensure that your receipt of the above stated sum does not place me at a disadvantage or undermine my ability to receive my portion of the US $109,000,000.
I am constrained by time in the execution of the above stated transfer, hence your immediate response in concession to the nature,requirement and conditions for the successful completion of this transfer, will be highly appreciated at which time too, I will be more than delighted to illuminate whatever areas that seem unclear to you in the entire process as most importantly you will introduce me to areas of good and profitable investment in your country
To perfect the transfer,What I need from you is to open and provide a vital bank account info where the funds will be transferred into,as the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous,and in return I have also agreed to offer you 45% of the total amount when it is finally remitted into your account while I will have 45% and 10% will be meant for all expenses that may be incurred during the course of the transfer but you must however note that this transaction is subject to the following terms and conditions as you should also forward the following::
(1)My conviction of your honesty and diligence and that you will treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and Confidentiality.
(2)That the funds would be transferred into an interest bearing account where the issue of taxation would not exert a    heavy toll.
(3) Your Full name and address
(4) Your occupation
(5) Your direct telephone numbers including your mobile
(6) Your international passport and or driver license
Finally I assure you that I have carefully and painstakingly made all arrangements to ensure the successful actualization of this transaction which will  be concluded within 14 working days from my receipt of your acceptance letter and all the necessary information and details from you, if you are willing to assist me as I look forward to hearing from you soon through my private email( you and God bless.
Dan Pwajok.

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