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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: "Bank of America" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:46:54 -0700
Subject: Your payment of $15.5Million Usd

Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters 100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255
Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.5/WD/013 United States of America Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT) Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)

E-mail ( )
Phone: +1 716 338 4098
Tel: +1 903 741 4076

Dear esteemed customer,

I am Mr. Brian Moynihan, the new Head authorized Fund Crediting Manager handling all foreign unpaid inheritance, compensation and contract fund. Your email is among

the listed beneficiary who have not receive your fund and also among the once who want claim your own fund. Your payment file have been open today after the World Bank

Executive board meeting concerning all Unpaid inheritance and we notice that your payment have been kept pending for a very long time due to the wrong information

given previously by the payment Administrative officer. The Federal Republic of America under the instruction of His Excellency President Mr. Barack Hussein Obama have

given order in the First Quarter Payment Approval yesterday to release all outstanding payment through our Bank and your name is among the listed approved beneficiary

to receive their PART PAYMENT of US$15.5M (Fifteen Million And Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollar).Furthermore, to be sure of whom we have contacted, The Bank

of America Management hereby advice that you fill and return the below listed personal details so as to enable us cross check with the one in your payment file before

we commence with the release of your approval payment of $15.5m.

First Name:
Last Name:
Middle Name:
DOB: (Date of Birth):
Mobile Phone:
Copy of your Identification: Drivers License OR International Passport:
Next of Kin Name:
Bank Name:
Account Name:
Bank Account Number:
Routing/ Swift Number:
Next of Kin:

Once you confirm your information complete we will process for the transfer. More further; You need to pay International Bank Transfer in our bank here Bank of America

enable us make the transfer immediately the fund confirmed and you will receive your fund into your bank account and we did not need delaying we want get everything

done according to our Government and the International Bank Transfer will only cost you $100. We Sincerely Apologize for the delay you have encountered in trying to

receive your fund, but we assure you that those delays will never be encountered again.

Here is the payment information through western union money transfer or money gram money transfer finally my advice to you is not to abandon this transaction because

of the requirement of ($100)

Receiver's Name: WILLIAM IKE
City: Cotonou
Country: Benin Republic
Text Question: AA,
Text Answer: BB.
Amount: $100.00, US Dollar

Mr. Brian Moynihan (CEO)
Bank of America®
E-mail ( )ss
Corporate Office Headquarters,Charlotte,N.C.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.
© 2011 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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