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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: herny christen <>
Reply-To: herny christen <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:05:30 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention,

Re: Payment of Accrued Interest via Certified ATM System (ATM Cast Card) Vide Circular No: EC/11/09/8537W
This is final letter you will ever receive from us concerning the shipment of your ATM Cash Card, actually These Certified ATM was deposited here for delivery to your

home address. This money was deposited by Mr. Chriss Mbah Financial ASST (on contracts) of ECOWAS Commission Debt Liquidation Committee, assigned to convert your

ACCRUED INTEREST payment into an Automated Teller Machine ATM and to be delivered to you as provided by your depositors approved.
Note: The limit of your daily withdrawal is $15,000, and the total sum that was credited in your ATM Card is $12.8Million United States Dollars, we will send you a

renewal codes after your one year of withdrawals, if you have not exhausted funds by then. All process of your ATM paying card is ready and you would withdraw from all

locations of ATM machine in any part of the world.
If this is scam, I will not ask you to pay US$98 postage and handling charge. If you make the payment and at the end of the day did not receive your ATM CARD you can

report this to USA and Nigeria police for fraud.
Your thereby required to pay a US$98for the postage and handling charge cost, Below is the information you will use to send the US$98USD via Western union Money

transfer or Money Gram been the postage and handling charge cost for the delivery of your ATM Cash Card.
Receiver Name:====MIKEL UDEVEZE
Country:====Benin Republic
City:== Cotonou
Question:== Who Made Heaven?
Answer:=== God
Amount:=== US$98
we would have supply you with our bank account so you shall transfer the fee via our account, But the Financial crime director ordered that this card must get to you

within 2 or 3 working days to avoid repeating of the hoaxes and delays as you encountered in the past.
You’re therefore to reconfirm your personal information once again for ensuring where to deliver your ATM CASH CARD to avoid mistakes on the delivery or delivering to

a wrong place/person.
Below are the needed details.
Your Full: Names.............
Your Delivery Address........
Your 24 hours direct telephone number....
Your Age.................................
Your Next of Kin.........................
Please do verify the amount in your card by contacting you payees and the depositors. They have the deposit slips and the signed indenification agreements we had with

them, Please email me ( for more details.
Thank you for cooperation.
Yours Sincerely in Service
Mr.Christen  Herny
Call me at my line +229_6880_9519
Chief Executive Office Manager
Zenith Bank plc

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