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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: "Mr.George Levi" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:47:46 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Greetings and compliments,

 Greetings and compliments,
I am Mr.George Levi, the Chair person in charge of Treasury Department, International wire transfersof Benin Republic Federal Ministry of Finance. You are to reply through this my official email address, because this is toinform you that your fund was brought to my desk because the director &management of the WESTERN UNION & MONEYGRAM transfer have declared todivert your fund to the government treasury account just because you can notpay the wire transfer fee.In reasoning wisely to this complain I told them to wait until I hear fromyou so that I will know the reason why you decide to reject such amount of moneyUSD$1.6Million which is your rightful & legal overdue inheritance payment just because of transfer fee.
The reason why I sent this email to you is because its your sweat and for thisreason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if you can send USD$125.00 today because I have already arranged your wires ready for its daily wires toyou but failing to do this, I will allow them to have power over your fund andam very sorry if you failed as this is the last chance.
Therefore, send the USD$125.00 immediately you receive this email today andemail your full name and address to me if you want your USD$1.6Million be sendto you by western union OR Money gram transfer but the maximum amount officially allow for it per day wire to you is USD$10,500.00 per day until youreceive your complete USD$1.6Million from here. The second option is for you tosend me the full detail of your bank account if you want your fund be fullytransfer by direct bank to bank wire transfer to your account at once. Afteryou have sent the $125 and email me the mtcn numbers, you are to indicateyour wish to receive your funds as I have stated above and the funds will bereleased to you without any hitch.
Here is the western union or money gram information in the name of myaccountant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that I have donemy best for you and I will make sure that your wire will begin to be releasedto you from the moment you sent this $125.
Send the $125 now and send me email with the western union mtcn or moneygram reference numbers when you send the money , you can as well call me onthis number +229-9960 4056 when you have sent the money now ok .
Receivers Name:...NZE CHINAKA ANTHONY.
Country:... Benin
Test Question:. In God
Answer:.. We Trust.
Amount to send: ...$125.00
Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and address ofsender to me for easy collection and once again remember to reply through thismy official email address
Mr.George Levi
Treasury Department, International
Phone Number.. +229-9960 4056
Wire Transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic.

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