fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "ZENITH BANK NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:38:45 +0100

ATM MasterCard Department, Zenith Bank Plc

Attn: Beneficiary

Due to your over-due fund which you have been finding it difficult to receive through a Bank Draft, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer and Western Union Installment Payment arrangements. A meeting was held last weekend as to the problem surrounding the Remittance of your fund, and after all deliberation, the Panel Agreement was to load your fund into a worldwide accessible ATM MasterCard from zenith Bank Plc to you.

The Panel has approved to send you an International Swift (ATM MasterCard) total sum of $2,500.000.00. (Two Million, Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars) Which you are to use in accessing your funds in any ATM Machine location Worldwide with a limit withdraw of $5.000.00 until you complete the total amount loaded.

Be inform that your ATM MasterCard an its papers has been sealed and handed over to our ATM Admin director, Mr Anthony Morrison. He will attache the Proof of Ownership Certificate and the Approval Letter of your funds Via ATM MasterCard with Zenith Bank Plc. Before processing your shipment for usage.Also, according to the shipping arrangement with the Fedex courier service,the director on behalf of zenith bank estimated $250.00 for the shipping security papers an all vital requirement needed to execute this delivery to you for pick up.

Reconfirm the bellow information to start processing your shipment with immediate effect

(1) Your Full Name :
(2) Full Residential Address : (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Direct and Current Phone :
(4) Present Country :
(5) passport identification:

Once your details is been received by the Swift zenith ATM Card Center, Mr Anthony Morrison will attache your vital document and further instructions to secure your card and its tracking number from the courier service to your door step. Please endevour to see the vital papers in your name from zenith bank first,before remitting the courier shipping fee for pick up.

Please be regular with your email so we can use 1week to confirm your payment ATM MasterCard with you so you can start usage immediately

Thanks for your co-operation.
Tel-Number: +234-809-227-3438

Anti-fraud resources: