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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: Grace White <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 11:11:57 +0000 (GMT)

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington , DC 20520
Greeting from USA Embassy,
The UNITED STATE EMBASSY in London, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other European /US citizens and ASIA, whom the country of African Units And UK(London)Anti-Crime Squad have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Four country Citizens.Your name was among those scammed as listed by the West African  Financial Intelligent Unit (WAFIU).
A compensation has been issued out in a certified bank draft to all the affected victims and has been in distribution already to all the bearers. Your draft was among those that was reported undelivered as of last week Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receive your bank draft immediately for your usage.
 According to the number of applicants at hand,184 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States,we still have more 37 left to be paid the compensations of ($1,000,000.00 USD) One Million United State Dollar's each. Your particulars was retrieved from one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations,you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
 WAFIU further told us that the use of Nigeria Couries and the Benin was abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned courier services in Benin,Nigeria and Ghana and there by have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficairy meets up the demand of the conveyancy.
Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens and other Europian countries worldwide. All I want you to do is to contact Mr Francis Westlaw via email, for their requirements to proceed regarding the delievery of your bank draft,which will cost you $125.00 only.So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment informations which you will use in making payment of $125.00 via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for the shipment of your bank draft,after you make the payment,The delivery of your bank draft  will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay.
Contact DHL via below information
Attn: Dr. Francis WestLaw
Dept: Lugistics/Freight Unit
Company: DHL Express LTD
DHL EXPRESS COURIER Need your contact information, whereby they will deliver your bank draft of ($ to you, below is the needed information, for the delivery of your bank draft
Your Full Name
Your Current Telephone number
Your Home Address
Your Age
Your Country
We advise that you do the needful to make sure the WAFIU dispatche your recompense on before 21 Offical Working Days.
You are assured of the safety of your draft and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers, Western Union and security companies,scammers Bank who in collaboration scammed you.
Get back To us immediately Yours in Service,
U.S. Department of State

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