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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. Samuel Di Piazza." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:51:25 -1200

I write to inform you the following because the United Nations through the approval of United Nation Secretary-General in the person of Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
Read Carefully the letter bellow.
I am Mr. Samuel di Piazza, the Chairman, Committee On Debt Reconciliation and Evaluation United Nation. After the meeting we held with other members of the Executive Arm of the United Nation, we decided in one accord to pay all Scammed victims  back their compensation funds through this office as one of those that have been Scammed through African countries mainly from Nigeria.
We have also investigated and found out that a great deal of injustice has been shown to foreign contractors and Inheritors who have spent their time and money to conclude the transfer processes with different commercial banks in African countries mainly from Nigeria.
However, the United Nation in conjunction with all Central Bank governors in Africa have decided also to clear all debt owned to genuine contractors and Inheritors. In fact, after our careful verification, we discovered that your Contract/Inheritance file is among other fifteen (15) files confirmed to be genuinely okay and all these Inheritance/contract files are ready now on my table already Approved for immediate payment of your fund (1,900,000.00) One Million Nine Hundred Thousand Euros.
Please confirm the receipt of this e-mail by responding to this office immediately so that your file will be forwarded to our International Remmittence Department, EURO CLEAR BANK LONDON for immediate payment of your Contract/Inheritance entitlement without further delay. Most importantly, your payment can be via Direct Wire Transfer payable to your Bank Account in your country, Via Direct Wire Transfer to your Account, A.T.M CARD or Diplomatic courier delivery to your home address. You should reconfirm your full name, contact address, a copy of your passport, phone and fax numbers in your response to this letter.
Meanwhile, we regret the inconvenience this has caused you in the time past. This payment exercise will last for only 7 working days from today. Copies of your fund Approval Payment has been forwarded to the EURO CLEAR BANK LONDON for the release of your funds as soon as possible.
Please note this: If you have lost your Fund Ownership Certificate, I will advise that you forget replying this email unless you are ready to bear the cost of securing a new Fund Ownership Certificate. Remember, this procedure must be adhere to by all Inheritor/contractors.
Best Regards,
Mr. Samuel di Piazza.
Chairman United Nations Committee On Debt Reconciliation & Evaluation 2014.

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