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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: Federal Reserve Bank
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 05:33:57 +0100
Subject: YOUR Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013

Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office,
HeadQuarter: 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045, USA
Your Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013
United States of America

Federal Reserve Bank Notification Of Your Compensation Funds 2019.

Please read carefully before replying because i can't explain any thing else apart from this mail sent to you.

Your payment files from three (3) different banks, Central Bank Of Benin Republic, Bank Of Africa and Bank of America was compiled and submitted to my desk this

morning for review. The total sum owed to you by the 3 banks mentioned above was summed up to the total of US$3,800,000.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand United

States Dollars). Now the fund has been totally kept in one particular Escrow account (non deductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank New York on your name, while

waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the world.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you,

but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention

of diverting your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish interest.

You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal Reserve Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of your payment file to us,

so we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly.

Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in place here in the Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds has been made ready for transfer in our

escrow transfer system, what we need from you now is to inform us medium of your choice which you want us to transfer your funds so we can expedite action for the

accreditation of your funds into your account immediately.I want to also inform you that you have to obtain a CLEAN BILL OF RECORD CERTIFICATE, kindly reply to this

mail for the instruction on how to receive your funds.

Below are the information needed for now for your transaction;

Full Name:
Current Address:
Cell Phone #:
Picture of Your ID card:

Note: If you prefer to receive your funds in form of an ATM Visa Card, we could load and ship your Visa Card to your address which will permit you a daily withdrawal

limit of US$5,500 or write a cashier check to you, which can be deposited in any bank of your choice.

In anticipation for your urgent cooperation.

Yours sincerely,
Federal Reserve Bank Wisconsin Branch,
Mr Glenn Edwards,
Contact person Of the Federal Reserve Bank.

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