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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: Mr James Richard <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:02:05 -0700


How are you today? hope all is right with you; Please I advised that you
should read this email message very carefully and urgently get back to
me immediately to avoid wrong delivery of your overdue inheritance
unpaid ATM CARD fund worth of $4.8 Million USD presently at our custody
United Nation.

Based on the meeting held yesterday with the United Nations Official, US
Embassy Official and IMF officials In collaboration with Office of the
Presidency Republic of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Finance F.M.F
Republic of Nigeria regarding all overdue inheritance payment File of
which your name and email ID was listed among the unpaid beneficiary, I
writing to inform you that your files appeared on our desk to pay you a
partial payment of$4.8 million US Dollars of your funds for this First
quarter of the year.

But we are having misunderstanding because a lady by name Mrs. Delores
Olea, from United States of America called our Office on Friday stating
that she is your new next of kin that you have given her the power of
attorney to claim your unpaid ATM CARD Fund worth of $4.8 Million USD,
she clearly informed our Office that you have instructed her to receive
the funds on your favor that you are greatly Will which makes it
impossible for you to ask all our calls and email to you so far that you
cannot work or answer any calls due your presently health condition.

Executive Board of Director Federal Ministry of Finance World are
currently and so confuse about her claim that is why the authority
instructed me to contact you for us to know if she is telling us the
truth or not to avoid delivering of your unpaid fund worth of $4.8
Million USD to unexpected person as we have no clue about this person
Mrs. Delores Olea.

She also forwarded below information DETAILS to us for the delivery of
your unpaid inheritance Payment worth the total sum of$4.8 Million USD.
( Email- FULL NAME== Mrs.Delores Olea COUNTRY===USA
NUMBER== (845) 218-1685 ) Kindly check this information and name if we
can go ahead and deliver the funds to her info.

After she provided this info to us, she instructed us not to bother or
disturbed ourselves by contacting you because you cannot access your
email presently due to your present health condition that we should
delivered the fund the funds to her provided information directly
because she is now acting on your behalf. If you still interested of
this ATM CARD fund kindly reconfirm your directly information to us
urgent to avoid wrong delivery such as okay.
1. Your Full Name:=======
2. Your Telephone No:====
3. Your Country:=========
4. Your Home Address:====
5. Your Nearest airport:==

We wait to hear from you soon Don't keep us waiting for your own good.

Your Sincerely
Mr James Richard
UN Specail Delivery Agent

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