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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: "Mrs Inga Britts" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 05:05:32 -0500

Internal Audit,Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division
From: Mrs.Inga-Britt Arrhenius,
To: Fund Inheritor:Sir/Madam
This is to inform you that we came to Nigeria on Monday been the 14th of January 2013 after the just concluded D-8 Earth Summit held in Pakistan few weeks ago and after series of complain we received from the FBI ,CIA and other Security agencies from Africa,Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica,South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and its high rate of scam and why they have not pay you your entitlement up till this time. We decided to involve in this matter and have a lasting solution to this problem and we decided to direct you on how best you can receive your long expected payment under 3 working days if you follow the legal rules as law demand.
It may interest you to know that fund transfer  irregularities and misconduct of huge sums of money out of Nigeria during the Military administration of the late General Sani Abacha has created suspicions on any movement of large amount, which is to be routed through Nigeria. For this reason, the new House of Government under the leadership of president Goodluck Jonathan (New President) has formed a committee on Finance/Economic matters. This Committee was mandated to deliberate on all fund movement above $5,000,000.00 USD and also to recover all suspected funds.Consequently, our organization has been mandated to assist to monitor all fund movement out of Nigeria. Since our establishment, the sum of $29 billion dollars has so far been recovered. We execute the pre-investigative formalities and all statutory requirements around the world. The purpose is to monitor, pre-inspect, recommend or defer fund movement or seizure of the fund at your bank or on ! t ransit or cable. Fortunately, ou
I have met with the president Goodluck Jonathan this morning and he made me to understand that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund in your house directly to avoid requesting you to pay transfer cost but all his effort proved abortive as you keep sending money to some hoodlums who has been extorting money for years from you without success claiming to be offices they do not belong or whatsoever.It might also interest you to know that the present administration of President Good Luck Jonathan has directed only the newly constituted director of foreign payment to handle all foreign payment and we found it worthy to inform you that your fund is not in any way outside Nigeria, please take note of this and sit up and if you really want to receive your long expected payment, do not disclose this to any one including those extorting money from you, be warned.
Right now,as  directed by our secretary general Mr.Ban Ki-Moon,We have decided to inform you that we have authorized the Government of Nigeria to effect the  payment of US$12.5M via cash delivery without any more delay.The only thing you will be required to do to confirm your fund to your address via cash delivery is for you to secure the united nations Fund Bail-Bond Diplomatic Bullion Box to enable your already packaged and sealed fund sent to your address through diplomatic means without any hitch.
Sincerely,you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian/British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr.John Wheeler from Scotland  to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here ,so I would like you to urgently Contact the payment director in charge of all funds in Nigeria in the person of LT Gen Aliyu Mohammed (rtd) and plead with him to send your funds across to you and please confirm to this message within 24 hours from now and let us know if you have contacted the payment director with his information below.
TEL: +2348165413640
DO this imme diately For urgent and fast conclusion of your payment today, Please contact him with the above email.
The Federal Government Of Nigeria in conjunction with United Nations,IMF,CIA,FBI Interpol and World Bank wishes to inform you that all payment by  ATM CARD Payment, Draft Payment, Direct Wire Payment And Online Payment has been stopped for security reasons and to avoid extortion of money. Our Honorable Lt. Gen Aliyu Mohamme of international reputation is were you are advise to receive  your long expected payment via cash delivery to your address as soon as you meet up with the Legal requirements,failure to adhere to this instruction ,the UN  Authority And the Federal Government of Nigeria will not be responsible for any Lost and any further contact /communication  apart from his office (Lt. Gen Aliyu Mohammed) is a Scam be warned.
Mrs.Inga-Britt Arrhenius
Sincerely yours,
UN.Director For Economic Recovery And Reconciliation For Africa.

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