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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 08:39:55 -0700

Good Day,
We believe this notification meets you in a very good present state of mind and health. We the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global Intelligence Monitoring Network (GIMN) that you presently have a transaction going on with the Barclay's Bank as regards to your over-due payment, which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.
It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% Genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Barclays Bank accredited Diplomatic David Johnson Office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence at all level.
In addition, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the ( United Nations / World Bank Group )the Secretary General of United Nation, Mr António Guterres & World Bank Group Secretary, Mr Yvonne M. Tsikata, in person along with some of the top officials of the Ministry regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in database depending on when you are ready to receive your funds. They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the officials of the Barclays Bank, so that is the reason why we decided to programmed your over-due payment to International Master Card ATM Card in your favour that will be deliver to you through Barclays Bank accredited Diplomatic David Johnson  Office.
We were also made to understand that a Man with name Mr Derrick James Hollis from Kansas has already contacted them and also presented to them some documentations evidencing your claim purportedly to have been signed personally by you prior to the release of your Overdue Fund valued at about US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), but the lady in charge of your payment did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the Bank Information, which was forwarded to them by the above mentioned man. So, that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.
They further informed us that we should warn our dear citizens who must have been informed of the contract payment, which was awarded to them from the Barclays Bank , to be very careful prior to these irregularities so that they don't fall victim to this ugly circumstance. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank , you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact immediately the real office of the Barclays Bank accredited Diplomatic David Johnson Office only with the below information accordingly:
Name: David Johnson (Diplomatic)
Position: Disbursement Manager
Email Address:
Text Message Only :+1 (650) 785-2491
In your best interest, any message that does not come from the above official email address and phone numbers should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Barclays Bank accredited Diplomatic David Johnsonn Office immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed, so as to enable you receive your Funds.
All modalities has already been worked out even before we contact you and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed, so you don't have anything to worry about. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Barclay's Bank. Without wasting much time, we want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case file without any further delay.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected. Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this notification letter.
Best Regards.
Claire Grady.
Deputy Secretary. (Homeland Security.)
United States Department of Homeland Security.

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