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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:

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 19:59:07 +1100
Subject: From: R.A

Attn: Sir/Madam,

Under the Goodwill Ambassadors Programme, an agency to the United Nations (UN) would like to collaborate with companies for the supply of; Maize meal, Beans and Blankets respectively, to Zimbabwe- Southern Africa.

As 2020 marks the completion of the relief support programme with the above country, all supply cost is paid upfront to the supplier. Hence we would like to work with your company regardless of your work spectrum at your acceptance to attend to this supply.

We look forwards to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

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