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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: "Dr.Bonny Bear" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2021 14:53:15 -0700
Subject: Attention Urgent !!!Please Read Carefully!!!

Attn: Sir,

Remmitance Departments
Operations Directorate,
Seaway Bank & Trust Co.
Chicago IL.

Foreign Operations Department is saddled with the responsibility of providing international payment and receipt services both to the public sector and private sector(through commercial banks) as well as managing the country's foreign reserves in order to preserve the value of the national currency. The Department has three principal mandates: Management of the United States external reserves Foreign exchange receipts and payments to our customers Serves as a strategic link between the Bank and the international banks. The core functions of the Department are as follows: The Department is responsible for the management of external reserves through the formulation of appropriate investment Strategy, Policy and Guidelines, thereby ensuring the most efficientand effective investment operations in support of safety, liquidity and returns on the reserves.

I am Dr Bonny Bear Admin.Manager Foreign Operations, Corporate Services Seaways Bank & Trust Co. The attached picture was taken in my office where i was serving verification documents to the Whitemen Mr Gabriel Evans and Mr Alan Mills who stormed my office in company of the Black Gentleman (on white African attire). The black man claimed to be your representative and the supervisory Engineer that supervised and certified your money execution that was shifted from the previous Paying Bank to our Apex HQ because of their inability to have paid it at the agreed time. They said that you were dead and before your death, you appointed them as the next of kin to your contract fund presently under our custody these two white men and the blackgentleman quickly applied that your Inherited fund should be presented to them at the spot.

The Official responsible for the presentation of consignment quickly granted approvals to their application and packaged the fund for them to go with it . When the Thames Finance, Courier & Sec. Services Debit Note was submitted to my desk for final Approvals before forwarding it to them for endorsement, I noticed that there are discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorization letter from you for the change of beneficiary. I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the consignment and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at thesame time placed a stop order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are received with regards to this matter.

We will not hesitate to continue the payment transmission to them if no response comes from you. Contact me immediately on this email ( as your silence will be a clear indication that you authorized them to effect the above changes.

Thank you

Dr. Bonny Bear (Board Member)
Foreign Operations
Corporate Services
Serving Since 4/6/2014 - To Date
Branch: HQ Seaway Bank & Trust Co.
Chicago IL.

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