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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: "Brian T. Moynihan" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:34:21 +0000 (UTC)

100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255
Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.5/WD/011
United States of America

Dear esteemed customer,


The Management of the Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters here in 100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255 wishes to inform you that after a brief meeting held by the Bank executives yesterday, at precisely 11:5 A.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), we deem it appropriate to intimate you that your funds will be transferred into the United States Treasury Account with the JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in New York according to the record we got from Africa due to your inability to complete the transaction and your failure to meet up with a minor payment obligation.

The actual transfer of your funds( $15.5Millionusd ) into the government account comes up next week. This is in line with the instructions of the United Nation Treasurer Mrs.Rosa Gumataotao Rios that all unclaimed funds be paid into the United Nations Government Treasury Account as unserviceable funds in compliance to section 3 subsection 1 (a) of the United Nation Financial Law enacted in 2001 after an attack on our dear country on September 11,2001. Find below the profile of the banking institution where your funds will be transferred into following the government directive.

Name of Bank: JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in New York. JP Morgan Chase Official Bankers for the United States Treasury Department
AC NO: 68302345093
Routing NO:021109593
Account Name:United States Treasury Department,USA

Note that if you still wish to receive your funds do get back to us immediately so that we will remove your funds transfer from the list of those transactions to be seized by the Government.Also be informed that we need only a DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SEAL OF TRANSFER(DIST) to complete the wire transfer.The fee to obtain the SEAL was reduced from $700 to $300 and no other fee is involved. View my website below to know who you are dealing with.


You are required to send the fee of $300 by WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM to the issuing officer at the bank where your transaction originated as stated below:

Here is information to send the $300 and receive your $15.5 Million immediately.

Name: Prince Boateng.
Country: U.S.A
City:  Houston Texas.
Sender's Name:  .............
MTCN: .......

Urgent reply now because once we hear from you now with the $300 information we will give you all the  transfer documents to enable you start making cash withdrawals from your account today. Stop every contact with anyone from Africa as they can't help you.

Happy new year

Yours faithfully,
 Brian T. Moynihan
Bank of America®

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