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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: DHL Express Ng <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:49:16 +0800

ATTENTION: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. RITA JONES? We received an email from Mrs. Rita Jones, stating that she is your sister and you have given her permission to claim your package worth the sum of $8,5,000,000.00 USD ( Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) ATM CARD scheduled for delivery to your residence address. Your package is among the 7 parcels that are still in our custody that are yet to be dispatch due to incorrect receiver's / delivery address. This package was deposited in our office on 22th of February 2016, By MR. IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU, the current Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Here in Nigeria, This said fund was approved to settle old contractors and compensation of scam victims and overdue payment all over the world and your name was found among the beneficiary list and i also want you to know that the EFCC Chairman has paid the original shipping/handling fees and your package was sent to your Address,But it was returned back to our office after some days due to incorrect delivery address. Confirm that Mrs. Rita Jones, was authorized to receive your package. If yes, do send us a letter of authorization instructing us to ship the package to Her address upon that she will be paying the Safe Keeping Fee of $350usd, immediately before the Package will be shipped to her Address Below. RITA JONES 810 Bellevue Rd Apt 206 Nashville TN, 37221 United State Of America. And if No please, Do also re-confirm your mailing information below as follows: Send your correspondence to the manager: 1.)FULL NAME:..... 2.)ADDRESS:....... 3.)COUNTRY:....... 4.)AGE:......... 5.)SEX:......... 6.)PHONE:..... 7.)OCCUPATION..... 8.)YOUR SCAN COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVING LICENSE:.. Finally, you are to get back to this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24hours to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your ATM MasterCard is delivered to you immediately, And be very much informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible of anything if this ATM MasterCard is delivered to Mrs. Rita Jones. upon she will be paying the fee $350usd. Name: Col David Petra Email Address: We are waiting to receive your authorization letter for onward shipment To Mrs. Rita Jones, if you are the one that gave her permission, so that once she make the payment for the Safe keeping fee of the package which is the sum of $350usd before we commerce with the delivery to her door step without any delay. Faithfully, Mrs. Rose Williams DHL Express Ng

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