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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: "Alhaji Idris Ahmed" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 18 19:07:47 GMT
Subject: Re: Investment Relationship

Accountant General of The Federation International Payments Dept, Attention: I am a Alhaji Ahmed Idris Accountant General of The Federation Republic of Nigeria, - The final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and International levels in line with the foreign contracts Settlement. Your overdue contract payment of Eighty Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$88.5Million) has been order for release via Central Bank of Nigeria to any nominated bank account of your choice, this order of release was approved by senate committee on foreign contract award for the settlement of all foreign contractors long overdue payments. For the funds to be release you are hereby advise to forward the following details below as listed for immedaite release of the (US$88.5Million) via KTT WIRE TRANSFER to any account of your choice. Bank Address Bank name: Account Holder Name Account Number Sort / Code Routing Number Your: Contract Address Private Telephone Number With the above information required we can be able to wire direct to your nominated bank account without any delay. Note that before wire transfer could be made all the documentations/paper work backing up this transaction must be made ready as to avoid much questioning by your country government upon the transferred of the (US$88.5Million)to your bank account. View our website: ( below as to know who you are dealing and you are free to ask any question of your choice. For our subsequent correspondence about this transaction, do send your reply with your direct telephone to my Email:( This transaction is strictly confidential. Best Regards, Alhaji Ahmed Idris AGF

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