fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Federal Reserve Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 02:14:43 -0800
Subject: YOUR US$15,500,000.00

US Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office
33 Liberty St New York NY 10045, United States
Our Ref:USFRB/IRU/SFE/15.5/NY/011 United States
of America.Federal Reserve BankŪ
Contact us:
Your payment files from three (3) different banks, Natwest Bank of London, Central Bank of Nigeria 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 sum up to the tune of US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Now the fund has been totally lodged 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 you r 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, this is what is needed to get your fund delivered down to you. We need to obtain a Clean Bill of Record Certificate "CBRC" from the Supreme Court in Lilburn Ga USA. This Certificate is what will enable the release of your funds from this bank and the cost of the Certificate as placed by the Supreme Court is US$750 After the Certificate is secured, then your fund will be conveyed to you through any payment method of your choice as listed below.
1. Bank to Bank Wire Transfer: Your fund will directly deposit into your private bank account and it will r eflect in your account within 3-working days after the transfer.
2. Draft Check: Your total funds will be written out in the form of a valid draft check and be dispatched to your address through USPS Priority Mail Express.
3. ATM Visa Card : Your fund could be loaded in an ATM Visa Card and will be shipped down to your home address via USPS Priority Mail Express which only takes few days to deliver.
Having explained all that above, I'll now provide you with the payment information for you to have the cost of the "Clean Bill of Record Certificate" sent immediately to Lilburn Ga USA.
1. Personal Details:
Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
Passport Copy, ID card or DL:
2. Banking Details:
Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Name
Account Number:
Routing Number:
Swift Code:
Note: If you prefer to receive your funds in form of a Visa Card, we could load and ship your Visa Card to your address which will permit you a daily withdrawal limit of USD $15,000 or write a draft check which can be deposited in any bank and send to you,Contact us:
In anticipating for your urgent cooperation. Finally, you can text Judge Carla Wong McMillian Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia @ +1 (332) 333-9203
Yours sincerely,
Chair Of the Federal Reserve Bank
Federal Reserve Bank New York
Contact Email:
Direct Phone No' +1 (202) 897-1743
Co-chief Operating Officer.

Anti-fraud resources: