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: "CHRISTOPHER A. WRAY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:01:31 -0700

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Counter-terrorism and Cyber Crime Division
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C. 20535
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through our intelligence-monitoring network has discovered transaction that the bank contacted you previously was legal. Recently the fund in tune of US$1,500,000,00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) was legally approved to be paid out to all selected beneficiaries by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Therefore, we the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting that your transaction with the Central Bank of Nigeria is certified legal. You have the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your Contract, Inheritance or Compensation fund worth US$1,500,000,00 (One million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars). 
Due to scams going on globally, the FBI was instructed to contact you personally, On that note a decision was reached to contact the FedEx Courier Service Company in Nigeria for procedures on how to deliver your funds to you without further complain, delay and also to avoid any form of impersonation and wrong claims. We have been notified by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that your funds worth US$1,500,000,00 will be delivered to you via ATM Visa/MasterCard, they will have it forwarded to the courier firm (FedEx Courier Service Company) for immediate dispatch to your doorstep once contact has been established.
With this development, the Legal Representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria was assigned the duty to take charge of all delivery proceedings leading to the successful delivery of your ATM Visa/MasterCard, we advise you contact him only with the contact details below for further directives.
NAME: Bar. Kingsley Peters
TELEPHONE: +234 (708) 807-3492
For the safety of your package delivery, we request that you reconfirm your delivery address to him to ensure conformity with our records for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office address and postal address are certified OK. Kindly provide him the below informations:
Full Names:
Residential/Nominated Delivery Address:
Tel/Direct phone:
Parcel Description/Color : 0.15kg Blue and White
However, You are also to choose one out of the below listed options most convenient for you for quick delivery of your package containing your ATM Visa/MasterCard alongside two original back up documents together with your package soon as you establish contact with him.
Premium Express (24hrs Delivery)                                                    
Mailing: $400.00
Insurance: $150.00
Vat: $100.00
TOTAL: $650.00
Special Express (2 Days)
Mailing: $350.00
Insurance: $150.00
Vat: $50.00
TOTAL: $550.00
........................... ................................ ............
Economy Express (3Days)
Mailing: $300.00
Insurance: $150.00
Vat: $50.00 00.00
TOTAL: $500.00
Important notice: Kindly advise him on your preferred parcel delivery option by filling in the required form stated above. Take note that the deadline for claiming your fund is exactly (1) One week after the receipt of this email, Once this timeline is elapsed, We will directly order this transaction cancelled and your funds recalled back to its host institution in line with the instruction laid down to us.

Anti-fraud resources: