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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: "Agent John Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:12:02 +0100
Subject: Agent John Edward

United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Spies. Terrorists. Hackers. Pedophiles. Mobsters. Gang leaders, money laundry, terrorism, unsolicited consignments and serial killers.
                        FBI CONSIGNMENT INTERCEPTION
I am special agent John Edward from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), we have confirmed and intercepted TWO trunk boxes registered in your name at JFK Kennedy Airport New York, you and your local partners have the audacity to order the delivery of two trunk of consignments loaded with $8.5 million dollars without following global standard rules and regulations guiding the transportation of funds through a diplomatic system. you will be prosecuted either by act of omission or commission if you fail to secure those documents within the given ultimatum mentioned on this letter.
We have used our security confirmation scanning machine to discover the amount loaded into the two boxes, we have also find out that some documents has your name, address, email as the recipient of the money conveyed by a diplomat. The directive leaflet confirmed you as the beneficiary who ordered and collaborated with some people either from West Africa Nigeria, Spain, London, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin republic E.T.C to transport this funds which accrued in your name as inheritance payment. 
We clinically crosschecked on the documents contained in the boxes and was almost releasing the consignment to the diplomat when we find out that your consignments was lacking the two most important documents 1, FUND OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE 2, LEGAL PERMIT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE, we have confiscated and reminded your consignments under our security vault. Security measures must be implemented according to government standard.
According to international law of section 290 subsection 56 of the 1991 constitution, your consignment violates tax law, money laundry law act of 1978, terrorism law act of 1995, your consignment have know legal credibility as it lacks Fund Ownership Certificate and Legal Clearance Permit Certificate from Homeland security council and IRS, you have to contact us for detail information on how you will obtain those two required delivery documents so that you will be relived of charges of tax evasion which is punishable under section 67 cap 12 of global tax constitution act of 1990, you will also be relieved of violating government laws guiding transportation of funds through diplomatic means, charges of terrorism, money laundry, consignment abandonment will be charged against you through the office of attorney general and the legal assistance of international court of justice to prosecute you with the available evidence found in your name.
You are required to respond within 48hours through this email address ( to enable us guide you on how you will secure those required documents, failure to comply will be termed as act of disobedience to rule of law, you and I know that nobody is above the law so therefore respect yourself and abide with this security instructions or wait and have yourself to be blame due to ignorance. You will be arrested no matter your status and prosecuted with charges of sponsorship of terrorism, money laundry, and consignment abandonment in the court of law without sentiments. We have respected your fundamental human right to contact you first; you will be severely dealt with according to the pronouncement of law if you fail to comply.
NB—you are restricted to communicate with any bank, ministries, organization AND security agencies concerning this issue hence I have been handed over the supervision security disc of this sensitive matter until those consignments are release after you have contacted our attorney to secure those required documents which will have government serial approval number.  The consignment will be delivered to any country of your choice once you have secured those documents. This is the government approve FBI security legal global code (FBI/WED/USM/GLOBAL/XXXXNFTSF), disregard any FBI message without this code, your local FBI office have nothing to do with this issue because  I am in charge of border protection.
Agent John Edward
Regional Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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