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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.Michael Marek" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:26:54 +0100
Subject: Subject: After several attempts to reach you.

Subject: After several attempts to reach you.


After several attempts to reach you, it is my pleasure to inform you that
the sum of ($950,000) Nine hundred and fifty thousand United States
Dollars has just been transferred to our corresponding bank in your country
for immediate payment to you.

The paying bank is now waiting for you to contact them with the back up
legal documents for the said fund transfer so that they will remit your
fund into your bank account. So you are advised to forward your full name,
contact address and telephone to our Protocol officer in the Republic of
Benin,to enable him to send to you the back up legal documents for the
already transferred fund which you will be submitting to the paying bank to
enable them release your fund to you.

You can reach the protocol officer Mr.Hartmut Muller through the following
email ( telephone number +22969354808

Base on the above information, take note that you will be responsible for
the payment of €155 euro for the delivery of your fund transfer legal

So you are advised then to cooperate with €155 euro so that your fund
transfer legal documents can be sent to you.

That will be all and thank you for your maximum co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Michael Marek

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