fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 01:41:08 +0100 (MET)
Subject: From The Desk Of Mark James. Director

From The Desk Of Mark James. Director
Swift Payment Department,
123,John paul Avenue, Victoria Island,
Lagos - Nigeria.

Ref No.: FGN/ABJ/NG/01/08


Attn; Beneficiary

This is to notify all Foreign Funds Transfer Benefactors that the Presidency has embarked on an immediate cancellation of all International Wire Transfer Application from every Government Financial Institutions, C.B.N , Commercial and Merchant Banks respectively. This was done to implement the 2007 Presidential Economic and Financial Crime Prevention Programmed, which are aimed at reducing the rate of Corruption among our employees in the Financial Institutions who has continuously frustrated the efforts of our International Investors and Funds Transfer Applicants.

Be informed that the present administration is in its twilight stage to ensure that all foreign contractors receive their part payment in this first quarter of the year 2008. We deeply regret any financial inconveniences this temporary Economic reconstruction program might cause you and your Company.

The total value of your Funds has been evaluated and redressed and US$5,500,000.00 (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) is made available to you through a MULTI CREDIT ATM CARD processed and issued by our Bank from our FORE X Account. This PLATINUM ATM CARD would allow you to withdraw a maximum of US$15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars Only) daily from any ATM Machine located in any part of the World. For delivery arrangement, please send the following details immediately as we have received order to complete the activation and delivery of your ATM CARD to you.

(1) Your Full Names:...........................
(2) Your Address where the fund will be sent to:................
(3) Your Private Telephone And Fax Number:........................
(4) Your Next Of Kin:...........................
Thanks as we await your response to proceed with the delivery of your ATM card.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Marj James. Director.
Swift Wiring Department,
Zenith Bank Nigeria plc.

Ahora tambi&eacute;n puedes acceder a tu correo Terra desde el m&oacute;vil.

Inf&oacute;rmate pinchando aqu&iacute;.

Anti-fraud resources: