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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. Antony John Blinken" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 20:16:24 -0800

U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.
Dear Beneficiary
Your ATM Card will be shipped through USPS/DHL to your designated address. I am Antony John Blinken, United States Secretary of State by profession. This notice  is to inform you officially that after our investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other Security Agencies in the country for the year ended 2021 and 2022, we discovered that you have not yet received your over due fund.
I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals or corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt rescheduling and outstanding compensation payment.
This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled beginning of this fiscal year 2023. On behalf of the entire staff of the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations in collaboration with World Bank, we apologize for the delay of your contract payment, winnings or inheritance funds from most of African countries and all the inconveniences you must have encountered while pursuing this payment. However, from the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment with the United States Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on the list on the outstanding payment who is yet to receive their payments.
Note that from the record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is valued at $1,155,000.00 USD (One Million, One Hundred And Fifty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) loaded in an ATM Card that allows you to make a daily maximum withdrawal limit of Five Thousand Dollars Only.
I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive your funds valued at $1,155,000.00 USD (One Million, One Hundred And Fifty-Five Thousand United States Dollars). This funds will now be delivered to your designated address or your preferred payment option. We have perfected all modules on how to ship this fund to your doorstep without any problem, but be aware that the United Nations and the United States Government has only authorised my office to release the sum of $1,155,000.00 USD to you as the true beneficiary of the fund.
Note that your loaded ATM Card will be shipped to you through Priority Mail Express (USPS) to your designated address immediately you admit full compliance to this email. Due to my busy schedules, you are advised to kindly get in contact with our correspondent Mr. Christopher Landau with the below details enclosed to help ensure safe shipment of your ATM Card.
Your Full Name:
Your Contact House Address:
Name of City of Residence:
Country of Residence:
Direct Mobile Telephone Number:
ID Card, DL or Passport Copy:
Age and Occupation:
Endeavour to establish Contact with Mr. Christopher Landau, Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues immediately by emailing the address below:
Name:   Mr. Christopher Landau
Telephone: (302) 410-1072
WhatsApp: (315) 921-6087
He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email.
NOTE: Every documentation proof for your fund have been packaged and sealed to be shipped together with your ATM Card to your address. Therefore, the only obligation required of you by the laws of the Government of the United States and the Financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that; you as a bonafide beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED from the Supreme Court of USA, as a means to justify the legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from USA so that by the time your funds gets to you, no authority will question the funds as it has been legally certified free from all Financial Malpractices and Facets. The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of ($285.00) please take note of that.
As soon as the above mentioned $285.00 is received, The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED will be secured on your behalf immediately. I need all the compliance that I can get from you to ensure we get this project accomplished. Personally, I am very sorry for the delay you must have gone through in the past years and thanks for adhering to this instructions which are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept my congratulations in advance.
Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email notice with adherence to the above instructions is highly anticipated.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Antony John Blinken.
Secretary Of State.
President's chief foreign affairs adviser.

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