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: christine banny <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 16:25:35 -0700

Dear Colleague,

On a very happy note and bearing in mind the staunch commitment that
you had put into the quest to see that the fund was transferred to you
for claim as we had arranged but to no avail, I write to inform you
that at last, the fund transfer had been a SUCCESS.

Since all our effort in conjunction with yours were met with various
failures and disappointments after the other, there was an influential
party from Britain that was approached on our behalf by a Finance and
with her (influential party) imputes, the Fund was paid out and I have
collected my own share.

Presently, I am in Ecuador where, in partnership with a core investor
in the Mining Sector of their economy, we are investing in the

But, I am not oblivious of the fact that you did your best in that
context, although, it seem that element of doubt crept in. You were
not to blame, as there were many circumstances that would reflect such
skepticism to any reasonable being.

For your sincere but unfruitful sacrifices, I pressurized the
influential woman to concede some amount as COMPENSATION to you, for
the resource that you imp lunged even the time and inconveniences.

The sum of $US 800,000 was what she agreed to as your compensation
value, and the sum was ques into BANK CERTIFIED CHECK but, because of
my appointment in Ecuador and too, I could not get through to you
since your number at any time indicated "not in use", I then handed
the parcel containing the BANK CERTIFIED CHECK over to the Secretary
of the Finance & Management Supports Initiatives, the consulting firm.
His name is MR PHILIP GARY and his email:

The Secretary is very much informed by me about you and I instructed
him to hand over the BANK CERTIFIED CHECK to you as soon as you
contact him. I gave him the CODE 555, which you have to mention for

Note that at times I will be in the site and the Internet does not
work there. Only when I am in the city.

Yours Sincerely,
Christine Banny.

Anti-fraud resources: