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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. ROSEMARY EGOBIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:00:51 +0100

Attn Sir
                           IMMEDIATE  PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
I wish to inform you that the payment of Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars have been approved on your favor as part payment of your contract/inheritance fund.
This is to notify you that your funds have been programmed for immediate  release into your nominated bank account but we can not transfer this fund direct to your nominated bank account, because we are having a little problem with International Monetary Fund (IMF) so our method of payment is by Diplomatic Courier Service.
Be informed that every arrangement regarding your cash payment through diplomatic services has been made, note that your funds have been packaged like a consignment and will be delivered to your doorstep.Note that the Diplomatic Agency has to move down to your Country in order to deliver the Consignment to your doorstep.
You have to help the diplomats to get (clearance) so that the customs and immigration will not stop them in the Airport, for security reason you are advised to follow the rules and regulation of the diplomats for easy collection of the consignment, you have to welcome the diplomatic agent, to enable them deliver the Consignment to you immediately, be informed that as soon as the diplomats obtain the above name certificate they will deliver the Consignment to your door step.
This consignment have been registered with FBI and there is no course for alarm because this is the best way that you can get your fund without any problem due to the numerous scam activities on the internet, it is not safe to send one bank information anymore, so that is why we choose this method to effect your contract payment through a consignment and you are advice to provide all information so that there will not be any further delay in your payment.
We are sorry for the delays in your contract payment please bear with us.However, you are to reconfirm to us the following information so that the consignment does not go to
the wrong person.
Your Full Name: ________________________
Your Complete Address:___________________
Direct Telephone Number:______________________
Mobile Number:________________________________
AGE :_________________________________________
Fax Number:___________________________________
Occupation: ________________________________
Nearest airport:______________________________
Note that as soon as the diplomat arrives in your country they will give you a call immediately to enable you help them to get (clearance paper).
Also all documents will be released to you to protect you from any breach of the law. Note that this payment will commence immediately I receive your information, This is to remind you that they has a transit to London and finally arrive to your Country as the last destination on their diplomatic travel route.
Yours in service,
Thanks for your co-operation.
Senator Bruno Anderson

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