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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: "Central Bank of Nigeria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:28:56 +0100

Dear Customer
After waiting to hear from you for a long time now. A lot of people have been calling me trying to claim your funds $5,800,000.00 USD, even one Barrister Frank White from Barclays Bank PLC who claimed to be your partner said you're dead. I decided to make this direct approach to you as my new year resolution in other not to let it be as if I have anything in mind against you. I do not know if you have asked yourself why each time the release of this fund is approved, all of a sudden, the payment will be stopped or one problem or the other will come up if you have not asked this question or you do not know, this is an opportunity for me to tell you.
Sometimes, I do wonder if you are really, really with your senses. How could you keep trusting people and keep losing money, or being deceived by their big names? They impersonate many offices, claiming to be Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one Office or the other. Their game plan is only just to extort your hard Earned money. Now, the question is how long you will continue to be deceived? Sometimes, they will issue you fake check, introduce you to fake Diplomatic delivery, un-existing on-line banking and they will also fake wire transfer of Your fund with Payment Stop Order and even send you fake ATM cards and they will even ask you to pay for (C.O.T) etc.
Anyway, by the virtue of my position I have been following/monitoring this transaction from inception and all your efforts towards realizing the Fund. More often than not, I sit down and laugh at your ignorance and that of those who claim they are assisting you; it is very unfortunate that at the end you lose.
Although, I don't blame you because you are not here to witness the processing of your payment. The problem you are having is that you've been told the whole truth About this transaction and it is because of this truth they decided to be extorting your money. The most annoying part is even fraudsters have really taken advantage of this opportunity to enrich themselves at your expense. Those you feel are assisting or working for you are your main problems. I know the truth surrounding this payment and I am the only person who will deliver you from this long suffering if you will abide by my advice.
Soon they will ask you to pay money to receive a compensation of $500,000.00 Do not pay any money to them because they are only interested in your hard earned money and you will never receive any compensation in return, they will always keep coming back to ask for more money. Please I beseech you to stop pursuit of shadows and being deceived. Feel free to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that I can explain to you the modus operandi guiding the release of your Payment. Do not panic, be rest assured that this arrangement will be guided by your Embassy here in Nigeria.
Contact me upon the receipt of this mail if you wish to receive your fund and stop wasting your hard earned money. Your Approved Payment of $5,800,000.00 USD will be paid to you via ATM MASTER CARD, your funds will be credited into the said ATM MASTER CARD and will be delivered to your door step with DHL and your daily withdrawal limits is $25,000.00 daily and your DHL Tracking number will be provided for you as to enable you Track your Parcel online while in transit to your location.
Note that this process will Cost you $580 dollars including the delivery charges of your ATM MASTER CARD only, if youre not ready and willing to follow my official instruction by paying this $580 it's better you ignore this mail, do not reply if you don't have the $580 to receive your ATM MASTER CARD. This is the only legitimate way to get this transfer done without any problem, I will also send you some documents that will protect you and your ATM MASTER CARD via same DHL.
Thanks and remain blessed.
Kindly reply me and send your details through my official email below
Tel: +234-801-585-2156

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