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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 Phillip Oduoza" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:46:45 -0700

Uba House,57 Marina Lagos -Nigeria
P.O.Box 2406
Swift Code: UNAFNGLA
Our Ref: Uba/File/0086/142/2017a
Attention: To Whom It May Concern
This is to acknowledge the receipt of the order from the Presidency and Ministry of Finance in conjunction with the United Nations/International Monetry Fund/World Bank Delegations and the Compensation Award House in respect with the provision act of decree 13 (1) of the National Act as adopted in 1999 and amended on 3rd July 2017. I am directed to inform you that your Compensation Payment verification and confirmations is correct. Therefore, we are happy to inform you that arrangements have been concluded to effect your Compensation Payment as soon as possible and in our bid to transparency. Your presense is therefore needed in our office to facilitate all payment procedures or rather establish contact with our customer service representative with the details below for full representation.
It is our pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Number 6453 7629 6742 7842 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 6428. Note that from the record in my file, your outstanding Compensation payment is $850,000.00 (Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars). You are advised that a maximum withdrawal limit of $5,000.00 is permitted on withdrawals daily. We have concluded delivery arrangement with the Courier Service Company to be fully insured by Niger Insurance Plc.
Due to my busy schedules, You are advised to kindly get in contact with Mr Nelson Collins, Executive Director (Human Resources and Customer Service, UBA) with your details enclosed for cross checking and to help ensure safe mailing of your ATM Visa Card.
Your Full Name:
Your Full Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
ID Card:
Contact Mr Nelson Collins immediately by replying to this email or emailing the address below:
CONTACT PERSON: Mr Nelson Collins
TEL: +234 (906)-971-3394
He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email.
Your parcel contains the following documents:
These documents have been securely sealed and packed for security reasons which makes it impossible for anyone to view it until it is delivered to your address. Therefore, the only obligation required of you by the laws of the Government of Nigeria and the financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that; the beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED from the Supreme Court of Nigeria, as a means to justify the legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from Nigeria, no authority will question the funds as it has been legally certified free from all financial Malpractices and facets. The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of just ($285.00) please take note of that.
As soon as the above mentioned $285 is received, The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED will be secured on your behalf immediately. We need all the compliance that we can get from you to ensure we get this project accomplished. Personally, I am very sorry for the delay you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instructions which are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept my congratulations in advance.
Imporant notice: You must ensure that confidentiality is taking into consideration in every step you take regarding your Compensation claims process to help guard against impersonation and wrong delivery of your ATM CARD as we have experienced in the past. Not even the Western Union or Money Gram payment officer can be trusted enough to disclose details about your ATM CARD. Ensure to keep your ATM Card details confidential.
Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email notice with adherence to the above instructions is highly anticipated.
Congratulations once again.
Best Regards,
Mr Phillips Oduoza
Group MD/CEO,
United Bank For Africa

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