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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:16:39 -0700

Head Office: 1668, Oyin Jolayemi Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos,Nigeria.
Tel: 234-8090718221.

Attn: ATM Card Beneficiary.


Skye Bank Nigeria Plc wish to officially inform you that based on the directives and instructions of our ordering customers the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC)SKYE Bank Nigeria Plc has credited your approved sum of US$5.5Million in your Skye Bank ATM Debit Master Card as instructed by our ordering customers Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) as there Consolidated Oil Reserve Account Holders here in Nigeria,this is based on the directives and instrucions of the International Monetery Fund and the World Bank to the Nigerian Government to offset and release your due Contract/Inheritance grants funds,your ATM Card Debt Master is now uploaded, Stamped,Signed ,Sealed and ready for shipment to your mailing address in your country which you must reconfirm to this bank with immediate effect,your ATM Card will be fully Activated for cash withdrawals once you have reconfirm your full names,address and telephone numbers hence that is what we needed to Activate your ATM Card for your use and

Furtherance to the above this is your Skye Bank ATM Card Registration Code Reference Numbers of SK-FXJKT00147G and this is your ATM Card Personal Identifications Numbers (PIN CODE) 7093 which you will use to make withdrawals from your ATM Card in any ATM Machine around the world,i forwarded all this details to you for you to know that your ATM Card is ready for your use and will only be Activated once you reconfirm your full names that we will insert in your card as the beneficiary as we only credited your cash in the ATM Card through your SKYE Bank account number: 1016633119 which is normal process and the procedure as the approved sum of US$5.5Million must be deposited in your account before the ATM Card will be issued,note that we have an instructions to only release your funds via ATM Master Card or via International Cashiers Cheque if you so wish to be paid and your only obligations is for you to send the shipment courier fees which i will inform you the amount as soon as i hear from you with the reques

Finally i will inform you what the shipment fees is and how you will send it to our bank for your shipment once we hear from you,also do reconfirm the above requested details for your shipment and the instant electronics Activations of your ATM Card while your card is on transits to your address,note that outside the shipment fees you will not pay any other fees or charges until you receive your ATM Card and start using it as your cash has been fully loaded on it for withdrawals,call me on my direct telephone number as soon as you receive this email for your urgent shipment:234-8090718221.

Best regards,

Mr. Mohammed Bello.
ATM CARD/Electronics Payment Director,
Skye Bank Nigeria Plc.
Direct Telephone: 234-8090718221.

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