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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: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:10:22 -0400
Subject: COMPENSATION AWARD !!!!!!!!!

I am Janet L. Yellen, the Chair,  I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal year 2018.
You have been approved to receive your outstanding funds valued at $11,000,000.00 USD (Eleven Million United States Dollars). Your funds will be transferred to your nominated bank account or your preferred payment option either by Certified Bank Check or an ATM MasterCard issued and delivered to you.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI have successfully finalize to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to those who haven't received their Compensation Awards.Now, how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have three Method of payment which is by Check or trasfer and ATM card. ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $5000.00 USD (Five Thousand Dollars) per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the Card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2022. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. Even if you do not have a bank account, the ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it.
Check: A Cashier Check will be issued in your name and you will have to deposit it in your Bank for it to be cleared within three Working Days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option above and would be mailed to you via UPS, because we have signed a contract with UPS which should expired (28TH) of sep . 2019, Normally, you were supposed to pay for delivery but every charges as  been waved, the only fee you will pay to the accounts department is just  the Notarization fee because they will have to notarized the documents before  we can mail the (ATM MasterCard) to you.And you will only have to pay the sum  of $350.00 Dollars Only(Three Hundred And Fifty Dollars). Also take note that you  will have to stop all communication with every other person if you have been in contact with anyone. And remember that all you will ever have to spend is $350 Dollars nothing more! Nothing less! And we Guarantee the receipt of your fund  to be successfully delivered
I want you to kindly submit the requested details following  below to help us process your payment;
Your Full Name:_________________________
Your House Address:_________________________
Home/Cell/Phone Number:___________________
Choose ONE Preferable Payment Method (Visa ATM Card OR Cashier Check):_____________
Your package will be sent to you within two to three working days upon Confirmation receipt of UPS fee of $350.00 Dollars. We are so sure of everything and we are giving you a 100% Money back Guarantee if you do not receive payment / package within the next 48hrs after you have made the payment for shipping. We also Hereby Issued You Our Code Of Conduct, Which Is (FRBNYATM-2018) So You Have To Indicate This Code When replying back to us By Using It As Your Subject Because Of Impostors.
Thanks  while we looking forward to serving you better.
Thanks for your co-operation as I wait to hear from you.
Janet L. Yellen
Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank

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