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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: "MRS.MARIE GORETH MILLS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 05:08:32 +0100

My name is Mrs. Marie G. Mills and I am delegated from the United Nations/European Union  to pay 150 scam victims $5,000,000 USD (Five million Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $5,000 000 USD compensation funds.
On this faithful recommendations, know that during the last U.N. meetings held in London(UK), it was alarmed so much by the world Leaders in the meeting on the loss of funds by various individuals to the global scam artists operating as syndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims and alleviate their sufferings, the U.N Body in conjunction with the EU Governing Body collectively agreed to compensate and pay 150 Scam victims the sum of $5,000,000USD each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations to help alleviate their sufferings.
However, Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Africa and some parts of the World, the payments are to be supervised by the United Nation's Officials and the approved paying bank is CITIBANK LONDON in Conjunction with FEDERAL RESERVE BANK NEW YORK, USA.
According to the number of Scam Victims at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of $5,000 000 USD each.
Your Names and particulars were mentioned as one of the victims of this wicked acts by one of the Scam Syndicate who was arrested, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to any of them no matter the reason whatsoever as the U.S.Secret Service are already tracking other criminals and impostors. So keep it secret until they are all apprehended.
Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined efforts  with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate and redeem the image and past wounds of foreigners and firms who were defrauded, scammed and abandoned by these syndicates to restore our dignities to international communities.
Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, investigations have shown that these people have destroyed the lives over 500,000 victims after collecting their monies falsely, many committed suicide and others living by the grace of God. With the sanity presently at hand, we have over 500 convicts at hand, 300 are in jail now while many are still awaiting trials and we are still searching and tracking down others who feel they are wise and hope that you will be our friend by giving us more information as per clue in apprehending them all. We sincerely need all your co-operations here.
You will receive your compensation payment into your personal bank account by ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER THROUGH CITIBANK BANK LONDON and from the office of the CEO/DIRECTOR(MR. MICHAEL L. CORBAT).  I shall update you with further modalities and proceedings as soon as I hear from you fast.
Best Regards

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