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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: "sunday johnson" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:26:03 +0100

*Attn: Dearest Friend,

Its my pleasure to inform you that i have deposited the consignment box
contains sum of 2.800.000.000 USD, with registering bank here in Benin Rep
being that Courier Company can not longer afford to deliver the fund to you,
with the help of the my boss lawyer, he advice the Zenith Bank Atm Pament
Center Cotonou Benin Republic to make the payment to you with their new ATM

I have arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM
MASTER CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE
around the world. however, Kindly contact the below person who is in
position to release your ATM PAYMENT CARD contains total amount of
2.800.000.000 united state dollars.

Zenith Bank Plc Atm Payment Center Benin Republic information.
Contact Person: REV DR.COLLINS UZO, director general
Zenith Bank Atm Payment Center Benin Republic.
Adress: 52/53 new air state cotonou Benin R epublic
Phone: 229 93 991982
Email: (*** <>* )

I have paid for the processing charges and Clearance Certificate charges
showing that it is not a Drug Money nor to sponsor Terrorist attack in your
Country. The only Money that your are going to pay to them is only $158USD
which they will use to open a new account that they use to activate your
fund into your ATM MASTER CREDIT CARD.

Then,I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it to
them again to avoid any mistake on the delivering and also try to contact
them as soon as possible today to quicken the processing of your card.
reconfirm your details full.

1. Full Name......
2. Address ......
3. Home & Office Calling Phone......
4. Copy OF Your Id .....
5. Country..........
6. Sex and Occupation........

Thanks and Remain my bless to your family,
Mr Sunbday Johnson.*


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