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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:



*Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN )Garki Abuja.NigeriaCONTRACT #:
MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/013,Foreign Remittance Department.Phone Number:
to your notice from the Central Bank Remittance Department that your
outstanding contractual payment which was suspended by the Nigerian
government there by stopping the TELEX TRANSFER DEPARTMENT to pause the
transfer of your contract fund to your nominated bank account. As a result
of this developmentverification conducted by the Finance Ministry in
conjunction with the Debt Verification Panel on your contract case file has
beenendorsed for payment awaiting your confirmations. In view of several
efforts already made by us to contact you for the following reasons based
on the new account submitted to this office onyour behalf:(1) My Office
desks have just received a sworn affidavit from Mr.RAINER HESSE ? of
Germany to re-route your payment into a new bank account number as stated
VACAP Federal Credit Union, 1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Account number 32501. of Mr. RAINER HESSE?. The sum of 27 Million US
Dollars ( Twenty Seven Million USDollars Only, Please confirm to our office
if you have instructed Mr.RAINER HESSE from GERMANY to appoint an
attorney/agent on your behalf thereby asking that he receive cash call
remittance on your behalf.(2) It has come to our notice that you are being
contacted by unauthorized individuals in respect to your contract payment
but unfortunately this office is not aware of your unofficial dealings and
warned that it is at your own risk. Please also confirm if you have
authorized Mr. RAINER HESSE to change your banking particulars to the
following particulars stated below: VACAP Federal Credit Union, 1700 Robin
Hood Road, Richmond, VA23220. Account number 3250163 Also re-confirm your
Contract Number, Contract Amount, Private Telephone and Fax number, your
e-mail address, Office or home address so that we can cross-check it with
our file records.Reply back on
<>)with your full information. Note that your
payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if we did not
hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF. We will
start the transfer as soon as we received your information. We have decided
to contact you for re-verification because we suspected that Mrs. RENAE
MOORE? is trying to divert your money through the sworn affidavit into a
new different bank account. You areadvised to get back to this office
within 7 days from today.We await on the follow information below:1.Your Id
card or International passport.....2.Your Full name.............3.Your
what's App number................4.Your residential Address5.Your
Country.......................6.Private Telephone
RegardsMr. Godwin EmefieleE_Mail:
<>Executive Governor Central Bank of Nigeria*

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