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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: "Dr. RUSSEL SCHWARTZ" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Dr. RUSSEL SCHWARTZ" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 00:07:13 +0900 (JST)

From the Desk of Dr. RUSSEL SCHWARTZ
ATM Debit Card Department
Carrefour des 3 banques,
Avenue Jean Paul II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou, Benin
Email: (

We apologize for the delay on the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD and all the inconveniences we might put you through, while we were having some minor problems in uploading your fund transfer into an ATM MASTER CARD for delivery. which in all case not meeting up with our delivery service.
Once again we apologize

Note that you have a registered ATM VISA CARD of ( $6.400.000.00 USD) to be delivered to you by, Diplomat john husmann. Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your ($6.400,000.00 USD) Six Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, We the Board of Directors (UBA BANK PLC) ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment was uploaded few days ago.
Immediately we got your Payment uploaded into CORPORATE VISA CARD, we ordered for the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD.

Now we text to notify you that your delivery agent, Diplomat john husmann just arrived at Orlando International Airport in Florida with your ATM Visa Card worth of ($6.400’000.00. USD) which was directed to him to be delivered to you at your home address.

Contact him immediately with your current details and delivery address immediately such as

YOUR FULL NAME:.............
YOUR CITY/AREA:............

Below is the contact information of your Diplomat.

Your Diplomat Info.
Name. Diplomat JOHN HUSMANN
Phone. (908)8000155
Call or Text Him Now (908)8000155

He will proceed immediately to your Home Address as soon as he receives your current details and delivery information's.

Note. your ATM visa card withdrawing access PIN number is (0518) take note, once you receive the atm card take it to any atm teller machine or POS cash point around your area and slot the card and enter the PIN number (0518) to activate and start withdrawing thereafter, or you can ask your delivery agent to activate the atm card for you before leaving. make sure you enter the 4 digit code yourself for security reason. Finally, be informed that we left an instruction to your delivery agent diplomat john husmann for urgent delivery of your ATM Visa Card, immediately you forward him the required information's, feel free to get in touch with him today.

ATM Debit Card Department
Carrefour des 3 banques,
Avenue Jean Paul II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou,
Email: (

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