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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: "BARRISTER MONA SHAH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:37:18 +0100
Subject: Attn:Scam Victim

Attn:Scam Victim,

We wish to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committee under the strict supervision of the United Nations and INTERNATIONAL MONITORY FUND to pay 168 Foreign Beneficiary whom they are 419 scam victims the sum of $7,500.000.00 (Seven Million Five Hundred United states Dollars) each, you are on the list of the 419 Scam Victim which therefore, you are hereby listed as one of the beneficiaries for this immediate reimbursement of your funds.

As a result of this laudable recommendations,it is imperative to bring to your notice that during the last U.N. and IMF meeting held in the Federal Capital of Nigeria Abuja,it was alarmed by so many countries around the World about loss of funds by various Foreigners to these scam artists operating in syndicates all over the World today.In other to redeem the good image of our dear country,(His Excellency President Mohammadu Buhari ) has ordered the immediate payment of $7,500.000.00 (Seven Million Five Hundred United states Dollars) each to the affected victims in accordance with the U.N. and IMF directives today.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, these payments are to be made to you by BUTTER FIELD BANK LONDON as the corresponding paying bank under the funding assistance of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND and the (WORLD BANK) Presently, 84 Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the victims are from the United States,Asia while about 40% are from other parts of the world.

Your particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that were apprehended in Nigeria,Ghana and Togo Republic and many more as one of the victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. Secret Service in conjunction with The INTER POOL, HOME LAND SECURTY and the FBI has swung into action to track these set of criminals down.Once again,you are expected to keep away until these criminals are all apprehended.

The INTER POOL (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nations Anti-Crime Commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming the image of our dear Country.Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankruptcy today due to the activity of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation revealed that these people have dUpped over 500,000 victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have committed suicide,while others are now living in abject poverty.

As regards these on going developmental strive, we have over 200 suspects at hand, 135 in kirikri prisons.While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others,who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

You SHALL receive your reimbursement via ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER or via ATM Card. We shall be waiting to hearing from you for the final claim of your $7,500.000.00 (Seven Million Five Hundred United states Dollars) Reimbursement fund.

Finally, you are urgently advised to furnish this office with your information:

Your full names
Your address
Your direct phone/fax number,
Your age/marital status.

Awaiting for your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,
Barr.Mona Shah

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