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: "Mr. David Maggard" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 16:27:47 +0100
Subject: United Nations Inspection Agency

Los Angeles International Airport
Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA,
United States of America
Phone:+1 (424) 326-5258
Hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Elevation: 23 m
Code: CA
Whatsapp +1 (636) 345-4220 ONLY

Attention Dear

I am MR. DAVID MAGGARD, Head of inspection unit, United Nations
Inspection Agency, Los Angeles International Airport, California.
During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment through a
Diplomat from United Kingdom which was transferred from Orlando
Airport to our facility here in California. When scanned it revealed
an undisclosed sum of money in 2 metal trunk boxes weighing
approximately 65kg each.

The consignment was abandoned because the content was not properly
declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal
effect/classified document to either avoid diversion by the Shipping
Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The diplomat's
inability to pay for non-inspection fees among other things are the
reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned.

Fortunately, my assessment revealed that each of the boxes contains
about $4M or more. They are still left in the airport storage facility
till today. The Consignments like I said are two metal trunk boxes
weighing about 65kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm)
effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the
consignment including your name and email on the official document
from United Nations' office in London where the shipment was tagged as
personal effects/classified document is still available with us. As it
stands now, you have to reconfirm your full name, Phone Number, full
address so I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on
the official documents. It is now left to you to decide if you still
need the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to UK (place of
origin) as we were instructed.

Like I did say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most
importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not pay for
the yellow tag, he could not secure a valid non inspection
document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to
get back this packages provided you will also give me something out of
it (financial gratification). You can either come in person, or you
engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that
will provide the necessary security that is required to deliver the
package to your doorstep or the destination of your choice. I need the
entire guarantee that I can get from you before I can get involved in
this project.

Remember to re-send your full information such as
Full: Name
Phone: Number
Home: Address
Nearest Airport

Looking forward to your soonest response.

Mr. David Maggard
Call or Text: +1 (424) 326-5258
E-Mail Hangouts
Whatsapp +1 (636) 345-4220 ONLY

Anti-fraud resources: