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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: "Agent Johnson Raymond" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:59:42 -0700
Subject: Dear Compatriot...*Important message from Agent Johnson)*

Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001,
TELEPHONE: +1-425-358-6803

Dearest Citizen,

Payment Release Instruction From The Federal Bureau Of Investigation:

The Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation agencies in the world nation such as:

International Metroplitan Police
Central Intelligency Agency
Internet and Fraud Complaint Center
Justification office of the Money Laundry

have hereby given this irrevocable approval order for your outstanding contract/inheritance payment valued at US$12.5M which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.

Its been suggested and concluded that it is better; your funds are given to you via online banking. This means that you can be at the convenience of your office or house and carry out transfer of funds gradually to any account you want. Also the bank with online facility can give you funds via ATM cards depends on your request.

The essence of doing this is because of the inherent difficulties in international funds remittance from the formal banks/offices handling the transactions since. The concerned authorities did not want you to have such an ugly experience anymore hence the arrangement was made to release the funds to you through AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA.

I very much appreciate your patience and hope that you will continue to be. Note that the total sum of Twelve million Five Hundred thousand US. Dollars (US$12,500,000.00) shall be release to you by AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA (BHD).

Should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the accredited paying bank, you are advised to STOP and terminate all further contacts and communicate only with the Chief Operation Officer of the Alliance Bank Malaysia as you are advised to contact the below information to oversee this payment file for release.

Contact them immediately on:
Contact Person: Mr. Hameed Ramesh
Head Of Foreign Banking Operation Dept
Tel/ +60162513435

In your mail to them do confirm the value of your payment and the (Your new Payment Reference No. - FMF/US/MLY.2007-13, Allocation No. - 224728) as the bank must require you to mention that to avoid dealing with a wrong person and you will be required to write the bank by requesting and showing your wiliness of having your funds prepared for immediate release and access to you in an online account that will be created for you at their bank to enable you make transfer yourself to your personal account yourself without the bank having information of your personal account in your country.

NOTE: This is to avoid any mistake in payment, you have to present this information to the bank when contacting them (Your new Payment Reference No. - FMF/US/MLY.2004-11, Allocation No. - 224728).

I shall be looking forth your update to me as soon as you receive your funds from AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA. This is very important for my records.

I once more thank you for your patience and understanding, while I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks once again for your kind co-operation.

I shall be waiting to hear from you.

Best Regards

Agent Johnson Raymond
Foreign Monitoring Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, USA.
Investigation Department.

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