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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MRS HARIATE MOORE" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 12:55:37 +0200



Good Day .It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter, I belive you will welcome it .I have the courage to ask for your assistance to handle this important and confidential business believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.However,Onbehalf of my manager MR.DAVID MACK.THE AUDITOR GENERAL of [CEMAC BANK BRANCH]ASSISTED RURAL PROJECTS IN BENIN REPUBLIC. There is contract money left in this bank since 1999 and nobody has come fot it.
After going through the old files in the records, I and partner discovered the amount in a suspencary account and if we do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing or it will move to government bag which we don't like it. The owner of this contract money is :MR Raymond Brown: a foreigner,and a business man by profession and he died since 1999. No other person knows about this money or any thing concerning it.
The contract money owner has no other beneficiary and our investigation proved to me as well that his company does not know anything about this money and the amount involved is (USD$65M) SIXTY FIVE million United States Dollars has been here for a long time.
I want you to receive the said amount peacefully [USD65M]sixty five million United States Dollars from this account into a safe foreigners account abroad , As I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in usa dollars and the former owner of the account is Mr Raymond Brown is a foreigner and a good contractor that handle all the roads here in Benin-Republic. I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know our selves before,but be sured that it is legal and real genuine business.
You are the only person that I have contacted in this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently.I would want us to conclude this transfer within few bank working days, In this regards kindly confirm to me your willing to receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where the fund will be safe.
we will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other
investments as soon as you receive the fund and confirm to us.
I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigne with foreign account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who forward his /her correct information to receive the fund, which I will give to you all the useful information upon your readiness /willingness to receive the fund immediately.
If you are capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again in life. I need truthful person in this transaction because I don't want to make mistake I need your strong assurance and trust.
With my position now in the office we can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable account after the proceedures and the necessary banking transfer Mode of transfer, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing.
I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place.You can also come to discuss with me face to face here in Benin republic after which I will make this remittance in your presence and all of us will fly to your country so at least two days ahead of the money going into the account.
We will apply for annual live to get visa, immediately I hear from you that you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account.I will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and foreign exchange departments. At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount, 60% will be for us, while 5% will be for counforseen expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring. update me with your direct mobile tel phone for us to talk . my aternative
Thanks and remain blessed
Best regards

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