fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Jessica Williams"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:42:29 +0300
Subject: Good Day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that isbecause of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, I urge you to treat it genuinely.
I have been waiting for you to contact me for your confirmable $2.500,000 million International Certified Bank Draft but I did not hear from you for few weeks, then i went to the Bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expiring date and Dr. Wilson General Manager of First Bank told me that the draft will get to your before expiring date.
So I instructed him to keep the $2,500,000 million International Certified Bank Draft with FedEx security department to avoid losing the bank draft under expire date as i will be out of the country for 3 Months Course and I will be back till am through with my professional course.
What you have to do now is to contact FedEx Controller Mr. David Howell as soon as possible, to know when they will deliver your $1,500,000 million international certified bank draft consignment to your home address. I want you to know that i have paid for the delivery fee and insurance premium fee, the only amount require for delivery of your international bank draft to your postal address in your country is ($250.00 USD) only for security keeping fee.
I wish to pay for the security keeping but they did not allow me because they did not know actual date you will contact them for them $2.5million bank draft. All you have to do is to contact FedEx controller Mr. David Howell for delivery of package to your door step.
The following information below will be require for delivery process of Bank Draft to your home address.
1, Your Full Name:
2, Your Delivery Address:
3, Your Cell Phone Number:
4, Your Age:
5, Your Country:
6, Your Occupation:
7, Your Gender:
Directors Name: Mr. David Howell
Email Address:
Phone: +234 803 716 5537
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your postal address and direct telephone number after contacting FedEx controller Mr. Mike Johnson for your certified bank draft.
Once again just have it in mind that the only amount require for delivery of your $2.5 million international certified bank draft  to your home address is the sum of $250 only for security keeping fee.
Mrs. Jessica Williams

Anti-fraud resources: