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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: "Mrs. Rosemary" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <off3612@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2020 09:13:46 +0100
Subject: SCAM VICTIMS

2020 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS.
YOUR REF/PAYMENTS CODE: ECB/06654 FOR US$1.500,000 ONLY.
 
This is to bring to your notice that is delegated by the UNITED NATIONS and in conjunction with WORLD BANK to pay victims of scam US$1.500,000 (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) and please we advise you to forward all the documents you receive during the time of your transaction with them also stop every further communications with anyone.
You are to resend the following informationís for remittance.
 
Your Name, Address,Phone,Country.
 
Send a copy of your response with the PAYMENT CODE NUMBER (UNB/06654).
 
NAME:   MR.CHARLES TONY
        SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:
        UNB/06654 US$1.500,000
Email:   line444467@gmail.com
 
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Rosemary Peter
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Copyright © 2020
 

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