fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Ted Moor" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Ted Moor" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:58:16 +0000 (UTC)

Attn Email User

This is in regard to your outstanding payment. I am Mr. Ted Moors, the newly
appointed Operations Director United Nations, Legal Affairs, Security and
Investigation here in Nigeria. The Executive Arm of the United Nations
directed me to come down to Nigeria to Investigate your funds and to make
sure that we approve all outstanding debts.

This decision was taken based on the abnormality and inability of the Banks
in Africa and United Kingdom to release your fund into your bank account;
Whereby it was discovered that some officials of the bank were diverting
foreign beneficiaries’ payments to another account of their choice(s)
overseas. In view of this, during our investigations I found out that; an account was
submitted to divert your fund to a Germany account.

Below is the account submitted and I want you to confirm if you are aware of
the new development because we are about effecting payment to the account
stated below today.

Beneficiary: Gotthard Ulrich Windh
Bank: Sparkasse north-Aurich
A/C No.: 367840545
Swift Code: 50050201

Finally, be informed that a payment instruction has been issued and
forwarded to the Treasury Department of our paying bank in Nigeria in
favour of the account above without any further prejudice. But there is no
way we can approve the fund to the new account without you confirming if
you have changed your account for your fund to be transfered to the
Beneficiary: Gotthard Ulrich Windh BANK ACCOUNT IN GERMANY.

Contact me immediately for further clarification to know if you have given
instruction to transfer your fund to the above account today.

On behalf of the entire management of United Nations, we are congratulating
you in advance and if you fail to contact this office on or before 96hrs
from now then we will now wire the fund to the German account.

Kindly furnish me with your info:

1.full name,
3.telephone/cell number

To enable us commence all the legal documents immediately.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Waiting for your urgent response.

Yours faithfully,
MR. Ted Moors

Anti-fraud resources: