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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: Pius Anyim <>
Reply-To: Pius Anyim <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:36 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings approved beneficiary,

 Greetings approved beneficiary,
Your name and your contact details was given to this office in respect of your total inherited / compensation sum owed to you which you have failed to claim because of either non-compliance of official processes or because of your unbelief of the reality of your genuine payment .
We wish to bring to you the solution to this problem right now, we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment centers, that is the latest instruction from economic community of West African states ECOWAS we have arranged your payment Via our Zbativu Bank Online Transfer Center, this is an instruction passed by the ECOWAS in respect to all over delayed payment and debt re scheduling.
I have to inform you again, that we are not playing over this, I know my reason for the continuous sending of this notification to you, the fact is that you can not seem to trust any one again over this payment for what you have been in cantered in many months ago, but I want you to trust me, I can not scam you for $ 108 it is for bank processing of your payment the fees of $ 108 is clearly written to you before.
I did not invent the bill to defraud you of $ 108 it is an official bank payment processing fee, and the good part of this is that you will never ever be disturbed again over any kind of payment, this is final and the forms from there becomes effective once we submit your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee of $ 108.00 usd.
I do not want you to loose this fund this time, because you may never get another such good opportunity the federal government is keen and very determined to pay your overdue debts, this is not a fluke, I would not want you to loose this fund out of ignorance, I will send you all the documents as soon as bank payment processing fee is paid, you have to trust me, you will get your fund, find a way to get $ 108.00 usd you will not loose it, instead it will bring your financial breakthrough, find the money and send it to our bursary. The reason why am sending you this because I want you to receive your USD $ 4.5 Million United State Dollars immediately we are trying to round up for this payment program before the year runs out.
The processing charges which was initially on the high price has been cut down by the payout bank considering the poor economic situations that make it difficult for the middle class citizens to meet up with the processing charges of their entitlement. Upon the confirmation of your processing charges you will get your $ 4.5 Million into your account within 15hrs.
Here is the payment information through Western Union money transfer or money gram money transfer finally my advice to you is not to abandon this transaction because of the requirement of ($ 108) Use below.
USE BELOW INFORMATION TO MAKE THE PAYMENT THROUGH MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION. Depending on which is reachable to you at the moment ..
Receiver's Name :::::::::::::::: Obinna Augustine Joel Address :::::::::::::::::::: 04 Kane 2147.Cotonou, Benin Du Republic.Question :::::::::::::::::::::: WhenAnswer :::::::::::::::::::: TodayAmount: $ 108.00 usd
Sender's Name: .....................MTCN Number #: .................Sender's address: .............Sender's full banking details to avoid wrong transfer:
We have been mandated by the ECOWAS parliament to issue out $ 4.5 millions in your favor this fiscal year. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person s or offices to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (GX303) so you have to indicate this code when contacting us by using it as your subject. All the necessary arrangement of processing your fund of US $ 4.5 Million will be made as soon as we hear from you.
As soon as the payment is received today, you will receive your $ 4.5M the same today without any delay, 
Best RegardsMr. Pius AnyimEcowas Payment ManagerCall Office Number: +229 68 73 15 54

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