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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.John Browns" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:12:32 -0700
Subject: Sorry for late reply!

Good day to you,

Thank you for responding. The 4,000,000.00 GBP shall be programmed on swift transfer in due norms and values of all wire regulatory transfer laws. It is 100% guaranteed that within 5 days from now, this fund can be lodged into your bank account, if we start the necessary process today. The proceedings of this transaction shall be shared 50% - 50% between us. It will be good if we avoid greed and betrayal and your attitude towards this first financial deal matters a lot because it will determine if we shall engage in another fund transfer deals.

At the end of every fiscal year bank in the United Kingdom releases floating capitals to the U.K treasury accounts and majority of the funds termed as floating capitals are monies belonging to foreigners. U.K immigrants who for some reasons left behind their fund in the U.K. The truth is this; majority of the floating capitals are cases of demise. Their fund remains trapped in the U.K because neither their families nor friends knew their financial worth and backgrounds in the U.K.

Presently, there are over 134,000,000.00 GBP floating capitals in the custody of the bank where I undertake service as a risk control management personnel and out of it this mentioned figure, the sum of 4, 000,000.00GBP has been desk written-off and endorsed as releasable to rightful owner-beneficiary. Legal classified fund transfer papers in conformity with the U.K remittance laws shall be processed to stand you as the legitimate owner of the 4,000,000.00 GBP. It will take a period of two days to process and obtain all necessary fund transfer legality papers in your name so as to facilitate the transfer of the 4, 000,000.00 GBP successfully to your bank account.

We have the feasibility to gain this fund if you and I put efforts together. We stand to engage in more financial deals if we avoid greed and uphold this deal in trust and confidentiality. I have a position and a career that I will not want to lose in the banking sector, so also I believe you have a name to protect, so it is good we apply secrecy in our dealings. Now that I have explained this matter to you, are you willing to continue? if yes, send me the following things now;

(1) Your name in full
(2) Your house address
(3) Your direct phone number
(4) Your bank address
(5) Your account number
(6) Your account name

These required information are very necessary for the processing of the vital Legal classified fund transfer papers which facilitate the accomplishment of this transaction as planned. I anticipate your urgent response.


Mr. John Browns.

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