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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 Carla Grasso" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 22:04:23 +0100
Subject: FBI ALERT.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:
Phone: (202) 278-2009


Attn: Contractor/Inheritance/Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that your approved Inheritance fund was placed ON HOLD in our custody,this is because the transferring bank from Central Bank of Nigeria's Office did not go through the normal procedure of transferring fund .Therefore our intelligence monitoring department have intercepted the fund transfer in your favor through our network. So the transfer of US$10.5M have been placed on hold pending the provision of Administrative and handling/Revenue Transfer Order Certificate / The International transfer Account Gateway code (IAG Code) from the country where the transfer was made.

This is not a child's play, We are ready to take you to any length if you fail to prove the legitimacy of this fund you are about to receive from this commission. As a Federal Commission we are here to protect your interest and the interest of US citizens and the world at large. You have been investigated as the beneficiary of the said fund that is why you are in touch with FBI for a solid proof before the fund will be released to your bank account.

You do not have this document in your files, if you did the fund would not have been withheld. We did not believe this at first, but when we saw the transfer we had no option than to contact you.We have gone through your Identification record and also the information received from you, we have verified a lot of things about you. It has come to the attention of our Money Trafficking investigation department, that you have some funds valued U.S $10.5 Million awaiting adjudication and crediting to you.

With full concern of The F.B.I and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); We wish to remind you of the consequences of remitting such huge sums of money without complying fully with the provisions of the Financial and Allied Matters Decree 5 as amended in sub-section C (6) of 2003, which stipulates that any monitory transaction must have proper records, which duly guarantees and covers the transaction as legitimate and legally acquired and not criminal or terrorist associated funds. This is due to ongoing terrorist activities/economic crimes going on against the United States of America citizens and in the world at large.

If your funds comes from a legitimate and legal source, the proper guidelines for you to recover the right of transaction is for you to provide the official monitory transaction release document so that your funds will be legally processed, recorded and accounted for and then finally released to you.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION F.B.I (ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONEY LAUNDERING DEPARTMENT) IS HERE to wipe out terrorism, and will stop at no length in doing our duty for the American people and world at large. You have 48 hours to produce legal proof of the below frozen wired transaction number coded: DHHintz,AZQV9007 owned. You do not have any rights to receive these funds Administrative and handling/Revenue Transfer Order Certificate / The International transfer Account Gateway code (IAG Code) from Office of Fraud and Payments Agent which I only will be the one to direct you on the right office.

For your own good and benefit, you are advised not to send your money to anybody except the below person that will get the document for you, with the power invested on us as the Federal Bureau of Investigation., you are hereby warned and instructed to terminate your involvement with any people or individuals contacting you regarding this present transaction.The said funds is now in our custody in your name as the beneficiary, your dealings should be channeled to this office alone, if we find out you are still communicating with Impostors you will be charged for advance fraud communication by the Federal Law.The very heart of FBI operations lies in our investigations--which serve, as our mission states, 'to protect and defend the United States and outside world against terrorism and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States.' So follow our instructions properly to avoid any action before you.

We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law. You don't have the required document on your possession, these documents are only to be issued to you from the paying country where the transaction initiated, to this regards you are adviced to obtain the document from them to enable the immediate release of the funds in your name.

We have done our verification on your FBI Identification Record with our Social Security Number, the only document you need to get is Administrative and handling/Revenue Transfer Order Certificate / The International transfer Account Gateway code (IAG Code) Which should be issued to you from the paying country of the said funds, you are to contact the Mr Walter Hama(Fraud and Payments Agent)ATOM BANK PLC NORTHUMBRIA HOUSE, AKLEY HEADS DURHAM DH1 5TS
My Direct Private Phone+44- 745-205-7102 (Inside-outside of The UK.)Email

NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for no criminal justice purposes.

Yours in service,


Mrs Carla Grasso (secretariat to)

Mr Christopher A. Wray, (TSGFB/13-PL.3R49)
New FBI Director FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
J. Edgar Hoover Building
601,4th Street,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA

Cc:Homeland Security Council
Cc:International Police
In God We Trust.

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