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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.DENNIS UZOKA" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:15:35 -0700
Subject: Attention: SIR/MADAM,Your ATM CARD Payment Urgent Response........

Attention: MADAM/SIR,

I am Mr. DENNIS UZOKA, the new account audit of United Bank for Africa (UBA)and i am writing to notify you of a payment file containing
an ATM card which has been issued out to you by the Ministry of Finance injunction with the United Nation/International Monetary Fund (IMF).

I am new here in this office and i have orders from the entire government to contact all beneficiaries and make sure they receive their ATM cards if it’s still in custody of this bank. Can you kindly let
us know the reason of your delay concerning the Delivery of your ATM CARD? Why do you decide to abandon your ATM CARD? Worth of $2,850,000.00(Two Million Eight Hundred
And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars only, with us, if you fail to contact us on or Before 48 hours or else we shall cancel
of your ATM CARD Payment file and return your fund back to governmentreserve account.

If you are ready to receive your ATM card then make sure to contact
Mr.James Mbu who is in charge of making delivery of parcel.the only fee you have to pay for the delivery is
$95.00usd Only, which covers the REGISTRATION/ delivery of your ATM CARD to
your doorstep.

So, contact the director ATM CARD DEPARTMENT with the following details, so
contact Him and also make sure that you send them the above mentioned fee
through western Union, RIA, SMALL WORLD MONEY TRANSFER or Money Gram For
the immediate procedure of your ATM CARD delivery to avoid any delay.

Senders Full Name:...................
Home/Office Address:...................
Cell/Mobile Phone Numbers:...................
Nearest Air Port:...............

In line with the withdrawal procedure of this ATM MASTER CARD, you are only
allowed a daily withdrawal of not more than US$5.000.00 PER DAILY.Your ATM
CARD/package shall be delivered to your you address which you are indicated
to re-confirm to us below to avoid wrong delivery and you are advised to
contact Mr.James Mbu for further information with the following contact.

Contact Person: Mr.James Mbu
Email address:( )
Call or Text: +234-815-134-0608

Contact the delivery company personnel as soon as possible or risk
loosing the ATM.

Yours Sincerely,

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