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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: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:03:42 +0100 (BST)

The Directorate-General for Tax and Customs PolicyMajor Companies/Individuals Tax Unit
Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

Our Ref: MF/UK/CB-XX-02/08
RE: Procurement of Non residential tax Certificate.

Dear Winner,

Your mail has just reached our office.In regards to your mail,I will like to tell you that it is a dream,and you dont need to be worry of anything.

After all,there are many people out there in your country looking for this great opportunity but non could find this great opportunity.

I am very happy for you.You are a such a lucky person.There is nothing you need to worry about.

I am a man with a beautiful wife from a royal family and two kids.Boy and a Girl.You dont need to have any doubt in me.

I there by advise you to proceed with the payment for the procurement of your Non Residential Tax Clearance Certificate so as to enable CITI BANK commence on the transfer of your winning to you in your country.

To make payment find below the payment guildlines which should be made through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER to our account officer:

RECEIVER'S ADDRESS: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A

As soon as you have made the payment, kindly send to us via email the scanned payment slip.
Also write through email the following which is on your slip:

Sender's Name:
Amount Sent:
Test question and answer if any:

Immediately we confirm the receipt of this, your Non residential tax clearance certificate will be prepared and given to you for you to go ahead and claim your funds.

Note:The charges cannot be Deducted from your winnings.This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds and win and win Situations.

Failure by you to abide to the lay down procedures and regulations, the remittance of the fund would be stopped with immediate effect. Therefore, the CITIBANK UNITED KINGDOM where hereby directed to stop further payment modalities of the above-mentioned until a TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE is issued for the transfer of the said Funds.

Thanks in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours Sincerely,

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