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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: "Mr. Alex White" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:04:43 -0800

I am Mr. Alex White, From the office of Inspection Unit/United Nations Agency in O'Hare International Airport Chicago Illinois USA.

Before i proceed, i will not fail to let you know that my ears has filled up with complains about the non charllant attitude of hoodlums and impostors that have been impersonating my person and office,even went as far as forging my I.D to exhort money from innocent people, but i pray that one day, the law will catch up with them, because everyday is for the thief, and one day is for the owner of the house.

Okay, during my recent routine Inspection check at the Airport Storage/vault on withheld packages, I discovered a forgetting shipment from a Diplomat from London and Africa in our storage room, when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in two Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 25kg each.

The consignment was abandoned by the assigned carrier diplomat from London U.K,because the Contents was not properly declared as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the INTERNATIONAL CONSIGNMENT MONEY MOVEMENT Charges of US$23,850.00 to the U.S government before bringing in the consignment into US, we refused to return back the consignment where it came from since, we have already
received it.

On an official inspection conducted along side with the security units, we discovered that each of the box contain $5.5Million and the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the O'Hare International Airport Chicago USA till date. The details of the consignment including your, names and email address from country of origin were tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes in your favor,proofing that your the legitimate and rightful owner of the two trunk boxes.

Therefore, as part of International Diplomatic Union, United Nations Groups and United States of American government to decongent all abandoned consignments at this airport and also to see that that all legitimate owners receive there long abandoned consignments here at O'Hare International Airport Chicago Illinois in your custody without further delay.

The International Diplomatic Union, United Nations Groups and United States of American government has decided to extend hands of favor to you by giving a last minutes opportunity to receive your rightful consignments ( Funds ) before the end of this fiscal year 2016 by getting an IRREVOCABLE INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC CASH DELIVERY WAIVER PERMIT from World Bank Groups regional office in Nigerian ,been the country of origin of your shipment of your consignments through the office of;

Mrs. Rosemary Williams
Tel: 234-81-56865903

With the Irrevocable international diplomatic cash delivery waiver from World Bank office in Nigeria, the US government will direct and permit the management of O'Hare International Airport Chicago Illinois to proceed with the delivery of your consignments at your located address without delay or any form of payment again.

For your information sir, the the purpose of this Irrevocable international diplomatic cash delivery waiver from World Bank office in Nigeria is to see that you did not make any payment again for whatsoever reason until you safely receive your consignments right in your address.

This is all you need to do to have your consignments at your door step address as directed by the American government through the US congress and office of secretary of states Mr. John Kerry.

On our own part, all the official and legal arrangements for a safe and free delivery of your consignments to you at your door step address has been concluded and perfectly put in place, we are only waiting to hear from you for more up date and directives on how to go about the international diplomatic cash delivery waiver from World Bank office in Nigeria.

I wish you the best of luck, God blessing, as i look forward for your prompt and positive responds, because we have a limited time frame to complete everything about your delivery and submit our report to US congress and office of secretary of states Mr. John Kerry as directed,

So help us to serve you better.

Mr. Alex White
Assistance Inspection Director
O'Hare International Airport
10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago,
Illinois 60666 USA.

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