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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:

Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2023 16:27:35 +0100
Subject: Greeting Beneficiary, Good News

Zenith Bank UK
Address: 39 Cornhill, London,
EC3V 3ND,United Kingdom
Office Of The Head
International Transfer
Operation Zenith Bank
(UK) Ltd.
Tel :+44 203 389 5674
Fax :+44 704 307 1539

Greeting Beneficiary,

We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of your
Inheritance/Contract funds transfer release documents in conjunction with
the World Bank Swiss and the International Remittance Division assessment
report, your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate transfer of a
part-payment of £12.5 Million(twelve million five hundred thousand British
Pounds only} to your designated bank account from our offshore account.

The Auditor's reports forwarded to this office shows that you may have been
going through hard times by paying alot of money to see to the release and
transfer of your funds, which has been delayed by some impostors and
dubious officials.

We therefore advise that you stop further communication with any
correspondence outside this office, since you do not have to pay any money
or fee to receive your funds as you have met with the whole funds transfer
requirements, and also keep this development strictly confidential for the
security of your funds on the ground that you have dispatched your details
to the impostors and dubious officials you were formerly dealing with.

This fund was part of the lodged Late President Saddam Hussein of Iraq
discovery fund with World Bank of Switzerland, which the Swiss Bank has
decided to distribute it generously to help few lucky individuals,and the
European Union is in agreement with the Swiss Bank to distribute the fund
to 800 hundred thousand people in America, Europe & Asia and Africa in
other to help improve their businesses.

The only thing we require from you is to obtain the Non-Residential
Clearance Document to enable us credit your account directly by
TELEGRAPHIC-WIRE transfer or through any of our correspondent banks and
send copies of the funds transfer release documents to you and your bankers
for confirmation.

Should you follow our directives, your funds will be credited and confirmed
in your nominated bank account within three (3) bank working days from the
day you obtain this Non-Residential Clearance Document.

For further details and assistance on this Remittance Notification, you are
kindly advice to forward the following information:




Yours sincerely,
Mr.Rodney Keith DOwning.
From Zenith Bank Savings (UK) Plc

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