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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 MORRIS DAMMER" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2020 14:09:00 -0700
Subject: Attn: The Beneficiary (OFFICE OF THE IRS)

Attn: The Beneficiary
My name is Mr.Morris Dammer from the office of the IRS USA.
There is a new development, an office is set up now to take care of all outstanding payments, by The United States Congress in the parliamentary legislature of the Federal government of the United States and that of United Kingdom (UK). The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The both office Congress has meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C, and reached out an agreement to grant you instant access to your inheritance sum of $15 000 000.00.
But we have an issue here, we have officially acknowledged receipt of the power of attorney from Mrs. Yuri Seiko, from Japan. she claim you are his family friend and a partner in business. She also claimed that both of you have done so many businesses in different contries that include's USA and UK.
She informed us that you had health issue{cancer} and could not make it for long, she also presented a doctor report which states that you have a maximum of 8 months lifespan to live, she has contacted us on your behalf to act accordingly as you have instructed.
But before we proceed in transferring the funds to Mrs. Yuri Seiko, i will also like you to try your best to acknowledge this to be true, so that we can transfer the funds{$15 000 000.00} to Mrs. Yuri Seiko Account details as stated below.
The Norinchukin Bank
13-2, Yurakucho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8420
A/C NO: 3087877880
I will appreciate an urgent response as we have 48 hours to grant approval and wire the funds to Mrs.Yuri account as stated above.
I expect your urgent response with the below detail.
Mr.Morris Dammer
IT Payment Officer

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