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: "Wally Adeyemo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 09:59:23 -0700
Subject: [*SPAM*] Get back to me

I am Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Further details about me can be found on the official treasury website or via the link below;
With respect to all previously unpaid/unclaimed funds, the Treasury Department has provided and facilitated the deployment of capital to make sure all outstanding funds and benefits are paid to respective beneficiaries.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been directed to expedite the payment of all outstanding compensation/inheritance funds and benefits owed to individuals and small businesses from previous years and be sure that all funds are paid to befitting beneficiaries before the end of this fiscal year.
As a result of this development, you have been selected alongside a few other beneficiaries to receive a payment of $1,250,000 (One Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars only).
In lieu of this, you are required to furnish me with your personal details as requested below to facilitate the processing of your payment;
(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Date of Birth:
(4) Phone/Cell Number:
(5) Occupation:
More so, it's my concern to demand your ultimate honesty and cooperation to enable us expedite this payment. It is guaranteed that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you from any breach of Law.
Get back to me as soon as you can.
Note: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, it is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider and ours. We urge you to treat it genuinely. The information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be legally privileged.

Anti-fraud resources: