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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: "Mr.JOHN Williams" <>
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:35:29 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: The Fund Beneficiary,

The Fund Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that IMF just discovered your unpaid contract compensation onward payment sum of US$12.5m owed to you in Africa through IMF Central Data System and a part payment of US$12.5 Million has been approved to be paid to you through an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card.

I have registered the ATM CARD with DHL COMPANY as directed and the delivery will take off as soon as you contact the COMPANY. Based on the agreement with DHL Director, DR TERRY ODO . The only what it will cost you to receive your Automated Teller Machine ( ATM CARD ) is their delivery fee of $105. Deliver: 2 days express dispatching of your parcel
to your door step.urgent call now for more information +229-69092048

AMOUNT; $105

You are to reconfirm us this transfer information urgently:

A) Your First Name________
?? Your Second Name___________
C) Your Country_____________
D) Your City______________
E) Your Telephone_______________

So contact the delivery company now and ask them for the payment information to send the $105 to them ASAP, MOST IMPORTANTLY: re-confirm your current delivery address and contact him via this email address:( hu The amount processed in the ATM Card is US$12.5million Million and the PIN code is: {0608}.

Thanks. Mr.JOHN Williams
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