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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:

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:30:56 +0000 (UTC)

 Hello my dear,Good day and how are you today? Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding your over due inheritance funds valued $2.5Million USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) payment and your inability to meet up with the charges required due to unnecessary protocols involved.It is my great pleasure to inform you that we have successfully arranged with UBA Bank Director, Dr. Ifeatu Onejeme to covert your above mentioned fund which was originally in a Consignment box into ATM Visa Card and ready for delivery to your door step.
I am happy when UBA Bank Director, Dr. Ifeatu Onejeme called me that all the necessary arrangement has been completed that he has converted the total amount into ATM Card in your name, after which I went to DHL Courier Company and have it registered for onward delivery to your address. Kindly study bellow information for your deposit details:
Description: UBA BANK (ATM CARD)Depositor: Linda ContiDeposit Number: DHL-101-PL45Deposit Certificate N0.E405576Sort/Clearance Code: DHL/101-45/P50
According to Mrs Linda Conti, you can able to withdraw $2,500.00 per each withdrawal at daily limit of $10,000.00 until you withdraw your total $2.5Million from the ATM CARD. So all you need is to write application letter to bellow DHL Courier Company contact information or call their foreign operation department Dr Andrew Leek for immediate delivery schedule of your ATM CARD to any address of your choice. Contact Person: Dr David Karl(Foreign Operation Department)DHL Courier Company Cotonuo Benin,Plot No. 23 Patte D'Oie 03 BP 2147 CotonuoTelephone Number: + 229 98 46 58 13Email: cdhlcourier@mail.ruDon't forget to reconfirm your current data as Dr Andrew Leek requested to enable their delivery agent deliver went he arrive. Here is what they need from you (1) Full Name.............(2) Country Name.............(3)Delivery Address.........(4) Occupation.............(5) Marital Status & Sex..................(6) Age.................(7) Telephone Number...........(8) A Copy of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses........................Please hurry up now as your package might attract more charges if it stays more than 3days with DHL and do keep me posted for record updated.Thanks and remain blessedBest Regards,Mr. Johnson WilliamsIMF Head Quarter Dept Reconciliation CommitteeBenin Republic

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