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: "FedEx" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 03:59:22 +0100
Subject: FedEx Courier Service

FedEx Nigeria Head Office
70 International Airport Road
Mafoluku, Lagos.

Tel +234-8062942732

Attention: Dear Valued Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that your parcel is still in our possession, this parcel contained an International Cashier Bank Draft/Cheque worth the sum of $3,000 000.00(three million USA dollars only) and it is ready for delivery to your door step. Meanwhile, before the delivery or shipment will take place, you are advice to send to us the following data? mention below:

1.Your Name

The above requested information? will enable us deliver your parcel correctly without any mistake or delivering your parcel to a wrong person. Further more,
you might be asking yourself how comes this email, cheque or draft,Anyway, your cheque was brought to this office by a Lottery Fiduciary Agent Or Claim Agent, signifying that you area rightful winner to their Lottery Award selected randomly from 10 lucky email addresses which your email address is one of thelucky email address.FedEx courier service company mailing you as per your parcel that was brought to this company to be delivered to you by lottery groups, along the delivery process that brought a misunderstanding between you and the lottery claim agent and in regards of their request as per their insurance certificate cost, tax fee and lots of other universal cops and drug searches which happened to be the course of your parcel being pending for the past months/one year.

Meanwhile we are hereby happy to inform you that the FedEx Company has finalized and resolved the whole issued with the legal offices like the International Monetary of Funds(IMF),and the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) office, the company organization has also listed 24 valuable parcel? to be intact in their office after the released of the parcel? from universal cops and drug searches.

We are happy to inform you once again that your parcel that contains the sum of $3,000 000.00 is among the 24 parcel? listed which is now in our office and also with your name as the receiver despise that we lost your private residential address?, which is an indication that you can now re-send your residential address, telephone as stated above back to the FedEx company where your parcel can be delivered to you without hesitation.Meanwhile remember that the sender of this parcel to you that? the fiduciary agent still owes this company the sum of $50 before the incident occurs, Note that this fee is not just for delivery but with the immigration and customs stamp duty, this company has spend out of their incomes in the process by the recovering back your parcel?so dear customer we once again appreciate your patronage in our favor.

Without hesitations you are to pay for just the balance left by your sender since we have lost his contact. this payment have to be via western union money transfer with the below payment information so that your parcel can be delivered to your residential address before it accumulate a demurrage after one week only,as you know your parcel is not just an ordinary parcel but with a huge amount and I think you understand what I mean by accumulating a demurrage? Which you will not allow that to happen to your recovery parcel that almost gone if not for the love that the good God have for you by favoring you with his favor because it was God who did it not by your power but by the spirit say the lord.

We assure you that your parcel will arrive at your country in two days time and it will get to your door step the third day as soon as this company receive the balance left by your sender and the tracking number of your parcel will be sent to you via e-mail immediately so that you can track it yourself to see your parcel coming on the way and you will also know when it will arrive at your country because we operate in trust and loyalty in your favor.And also the FedEx Courier Service Company hereby inform all their customers through this media by eradicating alltheir communication with the scam mails that are going all-over the world be careful with their e-mails so that your parcel will not be in danger with their evil planes.

FedEx provides access to a growing global market place through a network of supply chain, transportation, business
and related information services.


Receivers Name: Mr Emmanuel Achibom
Senders Name: ------------?
Text Question: BEST COLOUR
Answer: WHITE
Location; Maitama Abuja Nigeria.
MTCN Number... ???
Amount to be sent: $50us dollars.

Please you have to send the full payment information including the MTCN Number for we to fully proceed on your delivery FedEx is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies as FedEx that bigger, stronger, better than ever.

E-mail: ( get back to Us With The Payment Of $50 dollars for the Customs and Immigration

Clearance and Stampt Duty So That We Can Proceed With The Delivery Today.



Anti-fraud resources: