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: "Mr. Peter Amangbo Managing Director/CEO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:53:31 +0100
Subject: Dear Fund Beneficiary |

Zenith Bank Plc.
Head Office: Plot
87 Ajose Adeogun Street
Zenith Heights, Victoria
Island Lagos, Nigeria.
Phone no: +2348051194693
From the desk of Mr. Peter Amangbo
Managing Director & CEO.

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

This is the 3rd time i am sending you this notification letter regarding to your abandoned ATM Master Card valued sum of US$7.5 Million and i have not received any positive respond from you or making a suggestion on how you wish to receive your ATM Card.

Once again; I am Mr. Peter Amangbo, the new Foreign director ATM Head of Operation Zenith Bank Plc, I resumed to this office on the 1st June 2016 and during my official research I discovered an abandoned ATM Master card valued sum of $7.5 Million belonging to you as the rightfully intimate beneficiary.

I tried to know why this card has not been released to you but I was told by our Bank management that the former director ATM head of operation who left this office some months ago withhold your card for his own personal use without knowing that his evil plans towards diverting your fund will be discovered. Now that your ATM Master card is still available and ready for your receiving, therefore you can come down here to our bank to pick up your card direct from my office or alternatively it can be arranged ship to your address through any registered reliable courier service company but you will take care of the courier charge, hope it is cleared and accepted by you?

I don’t know the courier cost of shipping the card to you. Or you permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the courier shipping company to find out the cost, but in this issue you are required to forward to me your current Name, phone number & address, where you want to receive the card to enable me find out the shipping cost to your location but we will like to see you face to face, please try if you can make it to come and get your ATM card without any charge/fee.

Your direct telephone number and address will be needed and more details of your ATM card payment will be made known to you as soon as I receive your swift positive response.

Forward your response to my private e-mail:

Thanks for your co-operation and i wait for your kind positive respond.

Your Faithfully,
Mr. Peter Amangbo

Anti-fraud resources: