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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:

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 14:31:50 +0000
Subject: Congratulations

DANAMOND TRUST BANK (DTB) Jl. HR. Rasuna Said, RT.1/RW.5, Karet Kuningan, S=
etiabudi, South Jakarta 12940, Indonesia =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Attention Beneficiary In fight against corru=
ption in the Banking system and in pursuit to re-build a good relationship =
with you, We wish to inform you that every files and reports concerning int=
ernational payment of all the foreign beneficiaries was brought to my offic=
e in the Order and instruction of the U.S Department of States and UN Depar=
tment of Human Right. I must confess that i shared tears after seeing your =
unclaimed and uncompleted transactions, It was a national slap and a disgra=
ce to this Country after noticing that you have paid for all the fee to rec=
eive your fund but your funds never got to your bank account because of the=
selfish interest of the banks and Individuals mandated to transfer and rel=
ease your fund to your bank account. The U.S Department of States and the U=
N Department of Human Right has approved a compensation payment of US$8,500=
,000.00 in your name which shall be transfer to your bank account through a=
n online, We will create an online bank account in your name and you will t=
ransfer your fund by yourself through our online to your bank account. We c=
hose to transfer your fund through an online banking so that no Agency will=
notice or stop your fund., you shall receive this compensation fund within=
3 business days, if you comply with our instructions and adhere to our dir=
ectives. Get back to us with your information as listed below. Your Full Na=
me: Address: Phone number: Age and Occupation: Next of Kin: Scan Copy of yo=
ur identity Card/Driver's License (Front/Back) Thank you for your mutual un=
derstanding and cooperation as we wait to read from you soonest Yours Faith=
fully, Mr. Tigor Danny Foreign Remittance Department Danamond Trust Bank (D=

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