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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: "Inspector Solomon Arase" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:44:59 -0300

Abuja (Federal Capital Territory)
Inspector Solomon Arase
Telephone Number +234 8083834534

Attention Dear Customer,

My name is Inspector Solomon Arase the inspector general of police Federal Capital Territory, This is to inform you that the government of this country Nigeria are sending you the sum of $15, 500,000,00 dollars which you have lost in before because you have been waiting to receive it from MR. BENSON, We got
him arrested today. The government is rewarding this fund as one of the scam victim.

We where able to get your email through those that extort money from you when the police got them arrested , One of them gave us your email address who called his real name Alex Chinaka.

The president of this country His Excellency Mr.Muhammadu Buhari has sent aside the sum of $15. 500.000,00 Million Dollars in ATM to send to you through Dhl Courier Company.

We thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.

Note that all the delivery fee has been paid on your behalf. But you are advice to send only $125.00 immediately to our office for your clearance certificate because our agent will proceed to Nigeria High Court first thing tomorrow morning so that he should get the certificate before your ATM will leave this country to your country.

The DHL Courier agent will use the certificate to obtain the transaction.

So you advice to contact inspector general of police Federal Capital Territory Office immediately with your full information for delivery of your ATM and also to enable our office confirm that you are the real owner of this Emaill address to avoid any mistake. and below are also the information you will use in sending the $125.00 for the fund clearance certificate.

Your Full Name.......
Your Country........
Your City............
Your Telephone Number.........
The Amount You Lost..........
Your Passport..........................
Your Age................................

Contact our Office with this information below for more information and for quick delivery of your ATM. Here are the SCAMMERS that were arrested, Mr.Jerry Wilfred and Mr Jerry leo also Mr Kevin and so many of them is here now

Below is where you can send the $125.00usd to our protocol officer.

Receiver's Name...... NNELI CHRIST
Text Question..HOW LONG?
Text Answer...TODAY
Your sender’s country……..
Your senders name.................

Please we are waiting for you, Before we should go to court with those thief's before 12noon tomorrow.

Telephone Number +234 8083834534
God bless you.
Inspector Solomon Arase

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