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: "FCA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2018 04:44:23 +0700
Subject: Funds Transfer .

Attention: Email Owner
Final Funds Release Order.
This letter is from Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have been authorized by the World Bank in conjunction with IMF to release some funds to you base on the United Nations report. Kindly confirm the active of this your e-mail address for further information. because we have tried to contact you through our official email address but your email bounce back.
We hope you find this improvement useful .
Yours in Service,
Martins Jonathan.
For: The Management.
Financial Conduct Authority

Anti-fraud resources: