fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "fund beneficiary" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: WORLD BANK HEAD OFFICE <Paymentdepartment@worldbank.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 20:18:32 +0100
Subject: MERRY CHRISTMAS. . tu naltel.ru
WORLD BANK) Head Office
The World Bank 1818 H Street,
N.W. Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.
Debt Release Funds.
ATTN: FUND BENEFICIARY.
We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and mind.
WORLD BANK in conjunction with some other relevant investigation
agencies here in the United STATES of AMERICA have recently been
informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you
have an over-due payment in tone of (Ten Million Five hundred thousand
United States dollars). with ACCESS BANK.
NOTE: There are numerous scam emails on the internet, impostor
impersonating names and images. We therefore warn our dear citizens to
be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these
irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly
circumstance anymore. And should in case you are already dealing with
anybody or office claiming that you have a payment with them, you are
to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest
and contact the real bank (ACCESS BANK) only where your
fund is laying, with the below information:
Bank Name: ACCESS BANK PLC
NAME: REV . JOHN WIGWE
CEO/GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR
Contact the bank today and furnish them with this information below
for processing of your payment/funds accordingly.
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
NOTE: In your best interest, any message that does not come from the
above email address should be nullified and avoided
immediately for security reasons.
JIM YONG KIM
WORLD BANK GROUP PRESIDENT
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.