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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: MR Jamed comey <"WWW.">
Reply-To: MR Jamed comey <|>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 00:20:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN: .....Read Carefully

Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Department Of Justice
Fbi New York 26 Federal Plaza 23rd Floor New. York

ATTN: .....Read Carefully

I, m MR JAMES COMEY FBI is hereby announcing to you that your consignment box
worth $9.500.000.00usd received at JFK airport since year 2014 from
Benin Republic government authorities and Every necessary fees/charges
has been paid by senders except $550.00 for CCC custom clearance
certificate but MR.WILLIAM MICHAEL came forward and claimed
you sent him to claim your $9,500,000.00 because you are dead that
you are having kidney problem in a process of surgery you died .

Did you order him to pay for Custom Clearance Certificate (CCC) to
claim your fund consignment box ? Also be informed that we came to an
agreement with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy Int'l
Airport NYC that you will send $550.00 latest tomorrow morning.

This is to bring to your notice that we have just been informed
through secrete source that the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F.
Kennedy International Airport New York are making arrangement to have
your contract fund wired into the Bank account of MR.WILLIAM MICHAEL,
the man that contacted them, earlier and presented some
documentations evidencing your claim purported to have being signed
personally by you for the release of your contract fund to him, since
you have chose to ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required
$550 for Custom Clearance Certificate charges as imposed, despite the
advise we gave to you.

I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every
course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we
will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as
well as your correspondence, until you have received your Metal Trunk
Box accordingly. As a LEGAL OWNER, we are here to protect your
interest and that is the reason why we are doing all we can to make
sure all goes well, this is a huge amount of money which we don't wish
for you to lose.

We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so
to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S
Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New
York pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending
half of the charges $275 for now after which the Diplomatic Agent
makes the delivery of your consignment trunk boxes to you then once
you receive your fund, you can then pay the balance of $275

and your information is needed such as your phone number and your home address
thank you get back to me

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