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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: "ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT FINANCIAL BANK \(Foreign Operation Dept\)" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:25:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I am presently at JFK International Airport


Dear Beneficiary,

I am a Diplomat named Mr. Williams Peter & Wilfred Prosper., mandated to deliver your inheritance/contract sum to you in your country of residence. The funds total US$1.2Million and you were made the beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing over the funds to you in accordance with the Agreement I signed with the benefactor when he enlisted my assistance in delivering the funds & Atm Card to you.  I am presently at the International Airport and before I can deliver the package (funds & Atm Card) to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that I am dealing with the right person:

1. Full Name.
2. Residential Address .
3. Age .
4. Occupation.
5. Direct Telephone Numbers.
6. A Copy of Your Identification.

After verification of the information with what I have on file, I shall contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be bringing your package to your residential address. Send the requested information immediately so that I can proceed to your address,  Please try and reach me with my Call  international roaming number Tele: +229-91547854  and you can still reach me and AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele: +1 206-426-6305   Fax: +1 206-426-6017.  

You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority. Please get back to us via email: Furthermore remember the Agent delivering the package does not know the content of that of the package So act on your party by sending the $42 (US$) via western union or money gram only with the below details:

Senders Name:----
Recivers name:---- Sampson Akushie
Country:--- Benin Republic
City:-- Cotonou
Text Question.----Who is our savior?
Answer ---The Lord Jesus.

Send the money via western union money transfer  or money gram, and forward the payment informations to us for easier pick up. Because of you don't respond to us again that is the reason why we belived that you are dead. Forward the MTCN, Q and A to this email : to enable us issue the transfer to your position accordingly.  Please try all you can to send this fee today and call the agent today.  AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele: +1 206-426-6305  Fax: +1 206-426-6017. Please note that the delivery agent must deliver your card to you by today if you can comply with the requirement by this morning.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Thanks and we remain the Financial Bank Customer care promising to serve you better.

Mr. Williams Peter & Wilfred Prosper.
I am presently at the International Airport

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