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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: sogor <>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:48:46 -0800
Subject: Master ATM Card of $7.5Million

Attention: Dear Customer
How are you? Hope all is well with you and your family.I know that you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to our mistake to delay the delivery up till now. I am writing to inform you that your file was found in our office today and we discovered that your Master ATM Card of $7.5Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs.Victoria Linda.
 We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete the instruction giving by our Boss. Note my dear, that your Master ATM Card has been converting into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to tell you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $7.5Million in ATM CARD is concluded today.
Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover it form not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your Federal Government and we have deposit your ATM Card with the conclusion to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them with you current information.
1.Your Full name:-----------
2.Your home Address: -----------
3.Your current telephone number: -----
5.Your age/sex:----------
6.Your country:----------
7.Your occupation:---------
For your Information, We have paid for the delivery charges.but did not paid the security keeping charge due to the fact that we did not know when you will contact them,Therefore you should please contact them now to avoid additional cost of demurrage, after 3days,it should be counting on demurrage. Therefore you should contact them immediately to avoid paying.They told me that their keeping fees is $65.00 us dollars per day form the DHL Office
Receivers: _________OLU  EBUBE
City: _________Cotonou
Country: _________Benin Republic
Test Question: _________Urgent
Answer: _________Today
Amount: _________ 
Sender s name: _________
Any demurrage or keeping fees to them ok, I deposited it yesterday. My dear,you should contact the ATM Center Director on this below Contact Person; Rev.Mr.David Robert Tele Phone Number; +229 65966-266 SHAME ON YOU FOR THIS
Thanks and God Bless You.      
Yours sincerely

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