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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. Imelda Johnson" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:30:38 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary

Attn: Beneficiary,

Get back to me immediately for necessary steps concerning this notification.

Since my inception as the confidential secretary to the governor Apex Bank of Nigeria, I was able to gather Two foreign contractual/ Inheritance Files which is belonging to Mr. Yukiya H. Kobayashi Japanese with account details as follows: - Resona Bank Limited, Kamata Branch 5-27, 10,Nishi-kamata, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo,(144-0056) A/C No. 510265 Japauto Products Co, Swift : DIWAJPJT, and yours were excluded from among the total of Eight (8) files due for payment.

In this regards I do not intend to work here forever because the newly elected president is a very realistic one. I can help you claim your fund if you will guaranty my security and assure me that you would not let any ears to hear this and thereafter settle with me after you must have received your payment. I must do this because you need to know the status of your payment and cause for the delay. This is a Mafia game they are playing here and you may not understand because you are far away. This sum will be paid to you through One of our correspondence banks here, and in the Europe. The only document you need to secure before this fund will be transferred into your designated bank Account is a "Non-Indigenous Certificate" which you have to tender to the nominated bank and the Internal Revenue Service IRS for clearance to transfer the fund into your account.

Once the "Non Indigenous Certificate" is secured, they will have no reason whatsoever to hold down your fund, they will transfer your fund immediately and after Seventy Two (72) Hours of transfer, of course it will reflect in your bank account without delays. The only person I can introduce you to is Dr. Solomon Dim, The Departmental Head Foreign Reserve because your payment file has been faxed to him as the Head of Foreign Issues. After you may have given him the needful document, he has every right to present your file for procession of transfer. I have written you severally you ignored, please for Christ’s sake do not ignore my words this time I know you may have passed through a lot of difficulties.

The only thing you have to do now is to contact Dr. Solomon Dim at and ask him what it will cost you to get your funds once you read this email. I will pass every information as contained in your file to him so that once you contact and introduce yourself to him he will understand your file. Forge ahead to contact him as soon as you read this email I will assist you financially and morally where I can.

Do get back to me ASAP if you are still interested in your funds.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Imelda Johnson

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