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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: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:58:26 +0000
Subject: U.N

ATTN: Beneficiary,
We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed UN secretary general, and the governing body of the United Nations Monetary Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay of your inheritance fund, recommended and approve in your favour.
During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your money into their private accounts, This is to notify you that your over due inheritance funds has been gazette to be released, via key telex transfer (KTT) -direct wire transfer to you through any of our correspondent bank nominated by the united nations monetary unit for foreign over due fund transfer. Meanwhile, a woman came to my office few days ago with a letter, claiming to be your true representative.
Here is her information for you to confirm to this office if this woman is truly from you or not as the United Kingdom government will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account.
Name: Mrs. Virginia Walter.Bank Name: Wells Fargo BankBank Address: California, USA.Account Number: 6503809428.
Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you. You are requested to fill and send this information for verifications purposes so that your fund valid us$12.5m US dollars will be remitted into your nominated bank account. This fund is as a result of inheritance on your behalf. Information needed from you for verification is as follow:
(1) Your Full Name And Address: (2) Your Age And Marital Status: (3) Your Occupation: (4) Your Telephone/Fax Number: (5) Your Nationality: (6) Your Bank details.....
You can equally receive your payment by chosen from the bellow options;1) Direct wire transfer to your bank; send your banking details.
2) By ATM international credit card, send your full address3) Through diplomatic delivery, send your full address
As soon as we receive this, we will commence with all necessary procedures in other to remit this money into your account. the office of the presidency, the senate committee for foreign over due inheritance fund have approved and accredited this reputable Nat west Bank London with the office of the director, international remittance/foreign operations, to handle and transfer all foreign inheritance funds this First quarter payment of the year 2009.
However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs. White, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today.
we are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of this fund must have cause you though it was due to our busy schedule in paying other beneficiaries whom their files have been certified for payment. Contact this office immediately with this email address to enable us precede;
We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact with (Nat bank Remittance Department London) as directed to avoid further delay.
Best regards,Congratulations.Capt. Richard S. WilliamsEngland United Nation
Cc: United Nations Monetary UnitCc: Nat West Bank London Cc: All Foreign Payment OfficesCc: Board of Directors [FPD]Cc: Accountant General of the BOE

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