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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:10:31 +0100

Attention: E-Mail User,

My name is Nigel Higgins. I am the Group Chairman of Barclays Bank
Plc, London, England. This is to officially inform you that the United
Nations (UN) and the Global Governing Financial Authorities have just
approved payments of US $ 10.5 million respectively to beneficiaries
indicated to be an inheritance payment and your name / email address
was among that was forwarded to us as one of the legitimate approved
beneficiary of the amount. Please reply for more details if you
receive this notification.

Anticipating your answer,

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Higgins, (Group Chairman),
Barclays Bank Plc,
Registered number: 1026167,
1 Churchill Place, London, ENG E14 5HP,
Direct Telephone: +44 770 000 8965,

Anti-fraud resources: