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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. MIKE EZE" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2020 04:03:04 +0100
Subject: Your ATM Card Delivery

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Mike Eze, World Bank representative here in Nigeria, going
by series of petition received from International body on the way your
funds payment of USD $10M was handled in the past...

It was resolved and agreed upon that your funds would be released on a
special method of payment, which tag Name reads SWIFT CREDIT CARD.
This method of payment is designed by the Government to avert fraud
perpetration or stoppage of fund by some agencies either through Anti
Terrorist Certificate or other certificates. This Swift Credit Card
would be issued to you upon meeting the Bank Requirements.

This office has been mandated to take charge of the issuance of your
ATM SWIFT CREDIT CARD, and that your payment file was passed to my
desk for clarification. Upon certification that your file is ok this
office would direct you on how to receive your over due
inheritance/contract/lotto-win fund via ATM SWIFT CREDIT CARD or
Online Banking.

The ATM SWIFT CREDIT CARD would be delivered to you via courier
service to any destination of your choice. In the light of this
aforementioned, you are required to furnish this office with the
following information to enable us proceed with your funds payment

Your Name:
Full Address:
Your Next of Kin Name:
Date of Birth:
Your telephone number/Mobile and fax:

This information would be used in opening of an account which the Bank
will be sent to you for verification. The ATM SWIFT CREDIT CARD will
be processed in your favor with the credit card number and all your
information inserted into the card. Upon completion of this issuance
of the credit card, it will be sent to you via courier service to your
residential or mailing address as mentioned above.

Urgently furnish this office with your contact information in order to
reconfirm if it's in line with the one contained in our payment data
file. Be informed that your fund has been called back and it's now in
our custody deposited in an Escrow account. A new account has to be
opened in your Name before the Swift Credit Card is issued and sent to

Waiting for your urgent response via may private E-Mail:
You can also call out hot line +234-8038861724,

Yours Faithfully,


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