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: "ACCESS BANK NIGERIA PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:41:12 -0400
Subject: Payment Alert From ACCESS BANK NIGERIA

Address: Head Office: 1668, Oyin Jolayemi Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Attn: Sir,
This is to officially notify you that we received a valued amount of funds to credit
Instruction from the Federal Government of Nigeria apex bank, the CBN, to credit your account with your full inheritance fund of US$10.5million from the Nigerian Federal Reserve account
Following the authority conferred on this Paying Bank (Access Bank Nigeria PLC) for the transfer of your over due Contract /inheritance Payment, we have noticed that One Mr. Jeffrey P Grant from United States has submitted 'A Power Of Attorney' stating that you have entered into an agreement with him; before you died to help you receive your fund.
Kindly confirm/verify as a matter of urgency (this is in line with our code of conducts and ethics method) if you have signed any Deed of Agreement, making him the beneficiary of the fund in question with the below account details:
Bank name: National City, Jensen Beach, Florida.,
Account name: Spectrum Irrigation, Inc.,
Routing # 267084199,
Account # 12408316.
We shall proceed to issue authorization Letter, to pay Mr. Jeffrey P Grant, if we do not hear from you within the next 72hrs on your receipt of this letter.
We are looking forward to serving you better.
Best regards,
Mr. Emmanuel Chiejina

Anti-fraud resources: