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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.Monty Wilkinson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2021 18:40:21 +0100
Subject: RE

Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
official Email:
Re-conciliation Letter.
I am very sorry my late response in contacting you because ever since i resume this office on January 20, 2021 as the new Incumbent Mr.Monty Wilkinson. Acting Attorney General I was bothered to contact you regarding the abandon files by Mr. William Barr the Formal USA Attorney General which he did not complete before leaving the office. Since i resume this office, i have been bothered by so much things and the high rate of scam i am receiving every day is the worst thing and the main issue that makes me to cry every night because many poor citizens always send me an email on how they lost there life saving and borrowed from many loan companies and not able to refund back now which has lead them to many confusion in life.
I went for a conference which was held in IMF office London and luckily for me,the Word Bank director ( Jim Yong Kim) was there when i raised the issue of high rate of scam and plead them to assign a certain amount for compensation to scam victims. At the end of the meeting the word bank director (Jim Yong Kim) was able to approved $8.9 million USD for compensation fund and we gathered alot of email address of scam victims from many continent of the world and luckily for you, your email address was among the first five people to receive to receive there fund within 48 hours.
The money is already deposited with Federal Reserve Bank and i told them to convert the money to an Bank Transfer so that it will be easy for you to access your fund in any Bank around the world since is a Bank Transfer to avoid any unnecessary fees by the IMF if the fund was to be transferred to you by wire Transfer. Finally, the Bank Transfer is now ready and i will be coming back to the states with yours and i want to use my hand and deliver it your house address because i also heard how the delivery company also require for many fees and never deliver at last.
The Federal Reserve Bank said that since you don't have any Account with them but the Bank Transfer was programmed by them, you are required to send the Activation fee of $300 so that they will activate the transfer code for you and it must be Activated before they can release your Fund so that you will not have any problem in receiving the money from your Bank.
The Bank Manager said that you have to send this fee via RIA only with
this information
Receivers Name :
Receivers Address :
Sender's Name:.......
Sender's Address:.....
Please make sure you write the receivers name completely with no mistake so that there will be no problem in receiving the money. Note:
On no Account, you will charged for any kind of additional fee because they have assured me about that and i will make sure that the
Bank Transfer your Fund.
Kindly adhere and send the money immediately you receive this mail so that the bank will proceed with urgent transfer of your Fund.
Note: My working ID and Guarantee Letter is attached to this mail for confirmation. and also kindly feel free to chat me on my whats app
Thanks for your understanding!
Mr.Monty Wilkinson
US Attorney-General

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