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: "Mr. Hans Peter Biland" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 15:14:01 -0700
Subject: REGISTRATION NO: 9027640 !!!

Attn: Beneficiary,
                   NOTIFICATION FOR RELEASE OF $16.2MILLION to you.
This letter is written to you in order to change your life from today. I am Prof. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi the executive Governor Central Bank of Nigeria/ MD/CEO, international remittance department CBN,and all power has been vested on me to make all international over due payment. Furthermore due to allegations of corrupt practices against other Nigeria Banks, the Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed this bank to effect all foreign overdue payment.
Be informed that the Federal Government have Approved the release of $16.2Million which has been in this bank for many years UNCLAIMED. this is because they has been using the interest accumulated from your fundS every year to enrich themselves without your knowledge. I want to help you PULL OUT this fund to your Bank account today using the easiest and quickest method of bank to bank wire transfer.
By this method we are going to open International Premium Account will be opened with your name. This account is a secured account with our Bank and your Credit funds of $16.2Million will be re-directed for further credit into your account, the essence of this International Premium Account is to secure and protect your payment from being diverted by fraudulent people or making payment to a foreign account wrongly, the greatest advantage is that you can instruct us to credit your nominated account bit by bit with small amount thereby saving yourself from the emberrasment of Financial Authority in your country who monitor large transfer due to current trend of terrorist. Another beauty of this account is that you can retain the balance left in your account in our Bank and can also instruct us to pay out money to any bank of your choice in the world, or issue you an ATM Visa Card which you can use in any part of the world while on a business trip.
I hope you now understand the advantages of International Premium Account and why you need this account to receive your payment of $16.2M now in our Bank. You are advice to forward as a matter of urgency your detailed information below:
1. Direct telephone
2. Fax number:
3. Country of Origin:
4. contact address:
As we have started the process of opening the account for you. All that is require of you is to Activate the newly opened International Premium Account in line with Provisions of Section 2 Sub Section (2b) of Banks and Financial Act of 2004 which state that all Non Resident Account otherwise known as Domiciliary must be activated to make the account operational, while Sub Section (4b) do NOT permit any Bank official from making deduction from the payment to be deposited in the domiciliary account, which is $16.2Million in your own case.
Call me on +234-706-354-4880 so that I will give you more details about this as all is working for your own good.
Yours faithfully

Anti-fraud resources: