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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:35:53 +0000

>From the Desk of
Major General Danladi Musa,
Chairman Payment Release Committee
Office Of The President Abuja.


I am Major General Danladi Musa, chairman Reconciliation and Debt Settlement Committee. This committee was inaugurated by the President - Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency - ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YA ADUA which commenced duties on the 1st of January 2008 The aim is to investigate, reconcile and settle foreign payment especially long overdue debts. This Committee is made up of current and genuine serving top government functionaries whose department is concerned towards the payment of foreign debt.

The present democratic government has come of age and is now aware of all the difficulties currently encountered by foreign beneficiary both locally and abroad without receiving their overdue debt. We are also aware of the abnormalities existing in our various government departments.This Committee has vowed to put an end to all these atrocities and redeem the image of our dear country. Our duties includes, payment verification Brief discussion with the beneficiary on special modality to receive his / her funds.

You are required to Stop henceforth, further communication/dealing with third parties, agents and imposters. As they are not recognised by this honourable committee. Contact immediately the Honourable Chairman of this Committee, Major General Danladi Musa (RTD.) Forward all important information relating to this payment to facilitate the final release of payment and recovery/refund of money collected by the third parties/imposters from you.

Third parties and their representatives are mostly dismissed Bank officials who have previous knowledge of your payment while in service thereby using that opportunity to extort huge amount of money from you in pretence to pay you or help you secure payment. Even when you deal with them in the next ten (10) years, they cannot pay you. They rather give you excuses,and each time you make one payment, they will ask you for more. They have no legitimate power to pay you and cannot pay you. They committed fraud and were dismissed from! service and now in a hide-out.

For this reason, the Anti-Corruption Bill was passed by the President in which Section 10, Sub-section 4, takes care of this people. Finally, the Federal Government of Nigeria will not be held responsible for any mistake done by beneficiary who have been properly notified and copied. Any beneficiary who fail to comply with the instructions of this Committee within 72 hours of notification will be questioned and have his payment cancelled by the Committee and his foreign exchange allocation use for another beneficiary in awaiting list. Inform to give you the secret about your payment and how it will be release to you. call me 234-1-217-4881


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