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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: "Mr. Peter Brook"<>
Date: 25 Dec 2019 11:14:42 -0800
Subject: Re: Abandoned Project..

Good day.

I am the new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Head of Operations of
Credit Commission London, UK. Sometime ago, in
our organization your overdue consignment fund was brought to our
office for final delivery clearance.

However, upon my arrival to this office, I found your consignment
clearance file lying fallow on my desk without any attention. On
thorough scrutiny I discovered that your consignment have been
abandoned by your delivery agent. Meanwhile, I have made several
attempts to contact your delivery agent but to no avail. To my
greatest surprise, during my recent routine checking, I
discovered that your consignment content declaration documents
that your consignment contains personal effects meanwhile, it
United States dollar bills worth over US$ 10.5 Million dollars,
made it impossible for the consignment to be delivered to you
before now.

Based on this personal discovery, I am contacting you now to let
know that with my position and power in this office, I can assist
to legally clear your consignment fund, but you must agree with
following conditions:

You must not disclose to any member of my organization whatever
assistance that I am going to render to you in respect of
this consignment fund into your custody.

You will provide me with an authenticated promissory note, other
known as partnership agreement, that upon the safe arrival of the
consignment fund to your custody, that you give me 40% of the
fund contained in the consignment.

You must give adequate attention to this matter until we
and legally clear the consignment fund into your custody.

Upon your acceptance with my above conditions, I will furnish you
further details of what should be done to legally get the
fund cleared and delivered to you as the rightful owner of the

Meanwhile, if you know that you would be unable to keep the
secret of
my assistance to you in this regards, please do not border to

Hence the consignment fund would be recovered into our
treasury account as unclaimed consignment fund. Be informed that
consignment contain the sum of $10.5 million dollars in the

But if you can assure me of your competency to keep this secret,
would like to hear from you soon as possible so that I can email
further details and guidelines.

I am looking forward to your earliest response.
Have a Great Day

Mr. Peter Brook
Head of Operations

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