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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: "Department of the Treasury" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 12:34:26 -0700

Attn: Beneficiary,


I am Charles Collyns, Assistant Secretary for International Finance of United States

Treasury Department. Be informed that your fund has been recalled back from the offshore

payment center. This Recall was after the interception of the fraud attempt by some group

of suspected fraudulent officials who was trying to divert the fund to another account by

the International Remittance office.
It was detected after reconciliation of payment files which was directed by Board of

Directors of the United Nations Economic Commission and the United States Treasury

Department after the financial submitting which mandated United States Treasury Department

to investigate all outstanding and approved payment which is presently pending with

offshore payment centers around the world which your payment file was among the file and

irregularities was detected.
The fund was called back based on these findings, that upon thorough examination of your

debt records. (to ascertain the genuineness of the chargeable claims), and to determine

whether or not the procedures of Inheritance or contract were carried out in conformity

with the existing regulations,based on open tender policy, the following discrepancies were

duly discovered.

1. Your payment procedures were being handled in an unusual transaction pattern, which gave

the avenue for all these fallacies and also bogus promises which is totally impossible in

any part of the world and also to use it as a blackmail means of extorting money from you.

All these contributed to make it impossible for you to receive your fund.

2. There was a large scale documentary pilferage, procedure diversions, (using UN-existing

offshore payment exercise, and documentary subversion, procedural hijacking through

fraudulent manipulations, all meant to divert your attention by frustrating you out of

patience for possible diversion of your payment to other account.
Based on that your fund has been recalled back by the order of the United States Treasury

Department Board of Directors for immediate re-transfer to your account that will be

provided by you, you are free to ask any question where you do not understand. The Board of

Directors of United States Treasury Department has appointed a Financial Consultant by name

Williams Smith & Associate that will oversee and approve every payment that will be release

to any foreign beneficiary.

So you are advice urgently to contact Williams Smith & Associate whom your file has been

directed to for final verification and release to your account through our corresponding

Bank, your urgent contact to Williams Smith will be highly in your favour based on the

finding in your file and also an attempt by some fraudulent officials to divert your fund.

Please, do keep us informed on any development on Williams Smith, your urgent contact with

Williams Smith will be in your favour and also you are advice to STOP any communication to

any office.

Be duly guided

yours sincerely

Charles Collyns
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

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