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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:46:38 +0100

Direct Line: 206-888-4277

Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington,
D.C. 20535-0001, USA


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) write to you in correspondence
to the meeting we recently had with the Federal republic of Nigeria
Government on the ERADICATION of SCAMS on the internet. Federal bureau of
investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant
Investigation Agencies like Internal Revenue Service here in the United
states of America have recently been informed through our Global
intelligence monitoring network that you presently have a transaction with
the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regards to your over-due contract
payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly. After the
meeting held on Monday 22'th of Feb 2010 at the Bank Auditorium
Center, the whole conflict of SCAMS was revealed to us by the Board of
Trustee of Federal Republic of Nigeria mostly by the three arms of

The Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive).

These three arms of Government has made Us realize that the ramped of
SCAMS over floating around the United State of America and some other part
of the world was been set up by the root of some CBN Ex-Workers that have
been suspended for sometimes due to their dubious characters of initiating
people to impersonate the Government Workers to receive peoples hard earn
money from them, mostly with the Executive Governor identity.

For these reasons, the New Central Bank Executive Governor was invited to
this office to defend the allegation against Him. While he made complain
that his office was not in charge of foreign transfer of funds, that the
accredited office was Federal Ministry of Finance Department (FEDMINAP) in
person of EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR: MR. SANUSI L. SANUSI as the New appointed
Accountant General in charge of all foreign transfer Payment files.

They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that
some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam
innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive
Governor that is why the Federal Government has appoint EXECUTIVE
GOVERNOR: MR.SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI as the Payment Director of the Central
Bank office.

The Federal government of Nigeria has approved that all overdue
outstanding payments must be paid on or before March 26th, 2010, before
the upcoming Local Government Electorates which might leads to recalling
of funds back to the Bank Treasury. Meanwhile, we are also informed that
a Man with an America passport number (3028882234) came to the Central
Bank affiliated bank office in U.K few days ago with a letter, claiming to
be your true representative.

Here are the man information below:

Name: Denis Marion
Bank Name: City Bank
Bank Address: Arizona, USA
Account Number: 6503809008.


NB: You are urgently advised to please reconfirm the below following
information to the Office of the New Accountant General, as a matter of
urgency if this Man is from you so that this office will not issue your
fund and be held responsible, If this man isn't of your true
representative, you are requested to contact for your inheritance claim
valued of US$10,000,000.00M (Ten Million United State Dollars) only will
be remitted into your nominated bank account or any other way you which to
receive it.

1) Your full name.
2) Home, fax and mobile #.
3) Residential address.
4) Company name,
5)Company address.
6)Office position and
5) Age and marital status.
6) Working I'd / Int'l passport.

And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming
to be From the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP
further Contact with in person from Africa in your best interest and as
you already know that prof Soludo is no more the acting Gov of the (CBN)
and then contact the real office of the New (GOV) of the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) only with the Below information's accordingly:

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone,
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,
Direct Line: + 234 8087581618


Note: we are on investigation and security watch over any message with
Central Bank, to benefit the satisfaction of all the United States Citizen
by seeking to Wiretap scams on the internet with the help of Nigeria
Government and also with The assistance of all United states Citizen, by
listening to the instructions we give out to avoid falling for SCAMS on

All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted
and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you
proceed so You don't have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on
track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time,
will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so
as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further
delay as there is limit of validity on this transaction and further delay
might make you lose this transaction as the rightful Beneficiary.

Should in case you need any more information's in regards to this
Notification, be free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as
we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely
perfected And you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your co-operation in advance as we earnestly await
your urgent response to this matter.


Robert S. Mueller,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington,
D.C. 20535-0001, USA
Cell :- 206-666-2275

Anti-fraud resources: