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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: "Dr. Kingsley C. Moghalu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:22:04 -0500
Subject: ransfer Notice For Your Due Funds (US$10,700,000).

TELEPHONE: +234-7058878478
YOU’RE REF:………….
Transfer Notice For Your Due Funds (US$10,700,000).
Your Urgent Attention:
Definitely, I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you; firstly, I will like to introduce myself officially as Dr. Kingsley C. Moghalu Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) You are been contacted today because your Inheritance/contract Funds was Re-deposited into the "Federal Suspense Account" of CBN last week, because you did not proceed with your Claim as the Rightful beneficiary which is well known to the Board Directors and management team of Central Bank of Nigeria. On a serious note, we saw a payment file on your name with statistics information from our Central Computer stating that abandoned funds worth US$10.7 Millions of Dollars belongs to you unclaimed. However, we want to know the fast reason(s) why such abandonment occurred up till this moment without any claim. Basically I want to use this juncture to alert you that the payment above is now been processing under the pay unit control of the bank and will apparently be released soonest as you respond to this message.
Secondly, permit me to say my office has taking the mountain to handle your unclaimed funds and we the staffers CBN and in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF,) Lagos liaising office are deep in heart to inform you, we are responsible for non-transfer payment of your funds because Monetary bilateral agreement between the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Paris Club and World Bank was neglected for the recent amendment by the International Monetary Fund community, which has saw the immediate release of some Stopped Funds from so many Countries of the World.
Once again we are very sorry for the delay but bear in mind it was initially stopped for world interest in order to enforce law against Money Laundering and Terrorism Sponsorship however congratulation your name is on the list beneficiaries their funds has been issued with immediate Release Order Authority. Based on the above we have approved your fund US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) for immediate release. Practically here are the following method allowed for international payment via Bank to Bank Wire Transfer, or Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) as such agreements will be delivery should be on address presented by the beneficiary, hence we are working in accordance with the instruction received from the above mentioned organizations, while we assured you this transfer payment is confirmed 100% hitch free and my promise on no account of any reason(s) you will not receive your funds within (48) hours hence your positive compliance was made without any delay.  
Finally, your payment will be gazette upon to your response thereafter process for immediate transfer into the owners account forwarded, beside what we are seeing floating on the data file as outstanding contract payment is $10.7 Million United States Dollars only (Ten million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only). Please if the amount exceeded, then you should not hesitated to reconfirm immediately to prove whether is correct in line with what you have on your record and also re-confirm to us the followings information below without single mistakes .
A. personal information.
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Complete Address:
(3) Age:
(4) Country:
(5) Direct Telephone Number:
(6) Mobile Number:
(7) Present Occupation:
(8) Are You a Property Owner?
(B) Banking information.
(1) Receiving bank name:
(2) Bank address:
(3) Bank tel:
(4) Bank fax:
(5) Swift code:
(6) Routing #:
(7) Account #:
(8) Account holder name:
(9) Beneficiary name:
(10) Attach copy of your driver’s license/int'l passport for identification purposes.
However nothing to worry about all we need is your prompt update and co-operation by God’s Grace with your readiness we will have a successful transaction. Upon confirmation of the above information, your payment will be duly released through our Bank wired transfer payment swift into your nominated bank account directing from the posting bank, Central Bank of Nigeria or by Automatic Teller Machine (POS) ATM Card is equally upon to your urgent reply shortly.
I am Awaiting to hear from you. Thanks and have a great and wonderful day more ahead.
Yours in service,
TELEPHONE: +234-7058878478

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