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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: "Vincent Zulu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:17:43 -0430
Subject: You need to read carefully and know the secret why you have not yet been paid.. Reply now

Mr. Vincent Zulu
IMF Liaison Office Pretoria,
South Africa
Attn: Beneficiary.
First I must apologize for contacting you if you find my help not worthy. My problem is that I hate to see people being cheated for no reason. I am a junior staff at the IMF liaison office here in South Africa and while going through some of the files in my office, I discovered that some foreigners are being used and dumped by some of our Senior Directors, Banks Executives and the Government officials.
I found out that your payment has long been approved to be released to you but the greed which exists in the lives of the senior workers will never allow them to let you have your lottery / inheritance payment.
Please be informed that a payment of $7,900,000.00 (Seven Million Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only was approved to be paid to you but this money has not yet been paid out to your account. I have found out that these top officials are using your money to trade at the International Market buying stocks and making interest while delaying your payment.
These officials use delay tactics to hold on to your payment while they make money. They will tell you that your transfer will be made today and when that time comes, they will come up with another excuse why your payment was stopped or cancelled. Enough of all that.
This payment is as a result of lottery/inheritance/Donation which is due to you. In my further search I found out that some of the Beneficiaries are not even aware of these payments. They don't even know that such payments exist for them. I am contacting you secretly believing that you will keep this as top secret. I want to work with you to move these funds to your account within 48 to 72 hours if only you can accept to work with me.
Believe me, if you work with these bank executives, the UN office and the Government officials, all they will keep doing will be to delay the transfer while they make more profit with your payment. I have worked out modalities on how this transfer will be effected to your account immediately for you to start enjoying your benefits.
The reason I decided to secretly contact you is that few days ago, a man by name Mr. Gregory Lawrence contacted our office informing us that you have given him instruction and authority to receive the approved US$7,900,000.00 (Seven Million Nine Hundred Thousand US Dollars) only on your behalf. According to him, he said that you asked him to represent you in receiving this amount. He also forwarded an account where your funds should be transferred to immediately.
Here is the information he forwarded to us for your own confirmation:
Mr. Gregory Lawrence
370 Lacroix Street Chatham, Ontario Canada N7M 2W3
TD Canada Trust
255 King Street at 3rd Chatham, Ontario Canada N7M 1E6
Account# 0011-6243094
Transit & Branch # 060-00112-004
I want you to confirm to me immediately if you at any time instructed the above person to receive this amount on your behalf and if not, you are requested to immediately get back to me reconfirming your own details requested below:
Your full name, complete address, telephone number and occupation. I will use this information to process the re-approval of funds into your name for immediate transfer to you.
Please one thing I must ask of you is to keep this secret until we get the transfer made to your account. If you will not be able to handle the secret part of this, please let me know and I will never contact you again because what I want is to see that justice is done and your money is released to you. This payment is attached to your email and belongs to you so you should have it.
Some people got letters in the past asking for assistance to move funds out of Africa but along the line did not complete the transaction with the one who contacted them. Unknown them, the African partner stated the name of the foreigner and funds became approved to the foreigner’s name but they were not notified.
Once again, I ask that you keep this very secret and confidential until transfer is confirmed in your account.
I await your urgent response.
Mr. Vincent Zulu
IMF Liaison Office Pretoria,
South Africa

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