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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. Ebenezer Onyeagwu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:53:21 -0700

From Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu
Deputy Managing Director
Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc.
Attention:                     RE: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, CALL ME ON +234-7057-581-324
I am Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu a citizen of Gambia I was posted here in Nigeria as the New Head of Operation and Card Services Department of Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc. I am delighted to contact you on a private note based on your claim to your contract/inheritance Fund sum of US$10.5Million, which has been programmed for transfer into your designated bank account through my department. I am here by apologizing to you for the delay in releasing this fund into your account, which was as a result of your inability to sign the original copies of your fund release order documents with our bank. Your so-called partners in Nigeria who introduced you into this transaction refuse to tell you the transfer procedure because of the money they are extorting from you.
Your Nigerian partners approached me that they want me to present you as a beneficiary of this fund as it was an OVER-INVOICING made when they are awarding inheritance fund to foreign firms. So after the negotiation, on my acceptance to assist them to transfer the fund into your account, they forwarded all your banking particulars to me for onward transfer.As soon as I made some fruitful effort to complete the fund transfer processing into our bank central transfer swift board, read for final transfer of the fund into your account and i instructed them to inform you to come over to our bank to sign the original copies of your fund release order documents which will empower me to make the transfer of your fund into your account and send you the copy of the transfer confirmation slip without any delay.
Your partners deviated from my directives and decided to go through the International Remittance Department/ATM/CASH PAYMENT DIPLOMATIC and BANK TRANSFER, at my back and MAKE A CHANGE OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS in other to disappoint you and received the fund illegal through the back door without duly signed the legal fund transfer documents, also not knowing that the International remittance Department is also under my control. Then I got the knowledge of their evil plans i proved their illicit efforts abortive.  That is why for sometimes you have been pursuing this payment, spending unnecessary funds to some fraudulent individuals in Nigeria and outside Nigeria who claimed to be in charge to release your fund without you receiving your fund.
I want to re-emphasis to you that your fund is still with me and under my control. Now with my whole heart I have made up my mind and decided to contact you personally and make it know and clear to you the reason why you have not receive your fund up till now and the fund is still floating in your name waiting for duly signing of the proper documentation and claim by you as a rightful beneficiary of the fund.
My dear, the truth of the matter is that the Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc. management will not let my office transfer your fund into your account without you signing the original copies of your fund release order documents with our bank, so if you convince with these mail i wish you receive your fund, kindly get back to me immediately and let us discuss on how you can sign the original copies of your fund release order documents with our bank.
Be rest assured that as soon you sign the documents your fund will be transfer into your account without any kind of delay and i am give you 100% assurance because i am the director in charge of all foreign payment. As you are responding to this email do include your direct telephone number where you can be reach and do not fail to call me as you read this mail for more details.
I am aware that some fraudulent individuals have been impersonating my name and office to contact you and other funds inheritance as reported by the Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc. authorities.  I advised you that henceforth, you should suspend any dealings from any group of person(s) either from the CBN or any other financial institution Pastorates in Nigeria or overseas that might be contacting you in this purpose and Endeavor to keep this information confidential until we finalize this transaction.
Also on no account must you contact these partners any more, this is for my own safety and for the security of your fund.  Because they will not stop at any length to getting this fund.  And on no account must you let them know of my contact with you Please. reply this message urgently and call me on my confidential +234-909-396-3052, as soon as you received this mail. While waiting for your favorable.
God bless you.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu
Deputy Managing Director
Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc.
Tel: +234-7057-581-324

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