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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: "European Union" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 20:02:08 +0100
Subject: European Union Compensation For Scam Victims

We are please to inform you that you have been selected for Monetary Compensation of $3,000,000.00 ( Three Million Dollars )from the European Union Compensation Board (EU) for online scam victim,Through the European Union EU Secretary General (Mrs. Ilze Juhansome). Reply for more details

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Fax Number (if any):
5. Occupation:
6. Age:
7. Nationality:
8. A scanned copy of your Identification (Driver's License, Intl
Passport or ID).

Reply with the above email details via email:

Anti-fraud resources: