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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:

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:35:32 -0400

>From the Desk of
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
The Minister of Finance
Federal Government of Nigeria

Attention:Contractor/ Inheritances and Next of King Beneficiary,

My name is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala a former World Bank Managing director and presently the new Minister of Finance Federal Republic of

Be informed that on my Assumption of office last year on Wednesday 10th of August 2011 as the New Minister of Finance Federal Republic of Nigeria after my official resignation as a World Bank Managing Director. I have discovered that your payment file was dumped by my predecessor Dr. Olusegun Aganga who is presently serving as Trade and Investment Minister in this present administration of Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria

However after my painstaking investigations, verifications and scrutiny in order to find out why your payment file was dumped by my predecessor and also why your over due inheritance/contract fund payment is still pending up to date after it has been approved forpayment several times by the past and present administrations

I was made to understand that there are a lot of discrepancies and irregularities on your payment file, which need to be corrected before your payment will be effectively and successfully completed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or any other of our accredited offshore paying banks in United States of America or London United Kingdom (UK)

There is a new development which is very favourable for the conclusion of this your long outstanding transaction.I wish to inform you that the funds are now to be released/transferred to your nominated bank account via the Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K, this is because we have started mid-fiscal year 2012 general auditing of which all foreign funds transfer have to be carried out via our offshore corresponding banks.

This arrangement was initiated and perfected by our correspondent who has a solid and strong connection with Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K and a lot of such huge amount of money transactions have been carried out through this branch and they were all successful.
Now, you are required to contact the Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K officer in charge of the funds transfer and ask him what are the requirements in order for the
funds to be released/transferred to your bank account in your country or anywhere in the world without further delay.
The Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K officer's contact details:

Mr. Alex Wood
Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K
Private Banking Address:1 Basinghall
Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD
Head, Foreign Operational Manager
Dir. Line: +44-7700-056186
Dir. Fax: +44-2031-631820

However, Senate President of Federal Republic of Nigeria senator David Mark is aware that Nigeria bank’s or office of chairman of the Senate Committee is not capable to handle this payment because of so much Fraud and scam going on in Nigeria infect there is nothing good coming out from Nigerian so the best advise to you now is go ahead and contact Mr. Alex Wood for your over due payment.

Tell him that The US Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Terence Patrick. McCulley and central bank governor sanusi lamido sanusi and also President of Nigeria - Goodluck Ebele Jonathan - GEJ and SGF, Anyim P. Anyim Directed you for your payment as Nigeria is not capable of handling your payment.Standard Chartered Bank Plc-U.K is the Correspondent Bank to central bank Nigeria (CBN). and Standard Chartered Bank Plc-U.K London is capable of handling your payment very well so contact immediately.

So contact him right a way and ask him what can be done in order for the transaction to be consummated via their bank (Standard Chartered Bank Plc U.K) being the paying bank.He is waiting for your telephone call,fax or email message.
Thanks and keep me posted.

Thanks for your urgent and favorable response

Yours faithfully

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

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