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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. Brian Bluckwall" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:17:31 -0500

1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1400 United States .
Motto: Defending Our Nation, Securing The Future.
Your approved   US10.5M  is awaiting adjudication  before it can  be released in your name. this US10.5million will be released into your bank account as soon as we certify bank transfer policy as mandate by IMF Therefore you are requested to get Fund Identification Record Certificate of the transfer should in case you do not have  this Fund Identification Record Certificate documents in your possession  contact BELOW name  and  obtain the FUND IDENTIFICATION RECORD CERTIFICATE because is the only documents you need to received this payment of US10.5M from Federal Reserve Bank to your account
National Security Agency  F.B.I  Homeland Security  are working together  to released this  pending payment  of US$10.5Million in your favor once you secure this secure clearance certificate.
Be informed that Federal Reserve Bank will  transfer  the  approved  fund of US$10.5Million  into your bank account within two working days you secure FUND IDENTIFICATION RECORD CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE from below agent.
Therefore you are advise to Contact Anthony Ofoma on Tel +2348089350730 or email :  and requested for  FUND IDENTIFICATION RECORD CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE  to empower American's alliance prospect  order for immediate release of  us$10.5million in your favor.
Contact Person: Mr. Anthony Ofoma
Telephone:      +2348089350730
Office Address: 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.Nigeria.
After providing this mentioned  document National Security Agency will authorize Federal Reserve Bank to remit us$10.5million into your bank account because with provision of this required document we shall clear the fund to be released in your account  without any hitches or delay.
Failure to secure the mentioned  document  is  punishable by law
We need this Fund Identification Record clearance Certificate as a proof to the below frozen wired transaction ID : 3478209872 and Be informed that You do not have any rights to receive these US$10.5Milion UNTIL YOU SECURE Fund Identification Record clearance Certificate from our payment coordinator Mr. Anthony Ofoma
Note you don't have all the time in the world and delay is dangerous.
Mr. Brian Bluckwall
For: National Security Agency (NSA)

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