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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.T.Erick" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 21:59:19 +0100
Subject: Confirm Message.ASAP

Direct Tel.:+882-164-6655121
Direct Tel.:+871-762-535915
Direct Fax: +871-762-535916
Corporate Tel.:+27-839494291
E-mail address:


I am Dr.T. Erick, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an Executive Accountant with the
South Africa Department of Mining & Natural Resources. First and foremost, I apologized using this
medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and
prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a member of the South Africa Export Promotion
Council (SEPC) who was at the Government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave
your enviable credentials/particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you
in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as
a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.

Within the Department of Mining & Natural Resources where I work as an Executive Accountant and
with the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in our possession as overdue payment bills
totaling Twenty - Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand U. S. Dollars ($26,500,000.) which we want to
transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said
fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. More so, we are
handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us
to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

This amount $26.5m represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my
Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the
actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said
amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T) to any foreign
bank account you will provide by filing in an application through the Justice Ministry here in South Africa
for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you, hence provide me with your
private/direct fax number for the form to be send across to you.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the
transaction, your share of the sum will be 15% of the $26,.5 million, 80% for us and 5% for taxation and
miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful
execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint
me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through my above Tel/Fax number or my e-mail address,
whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign
partner to carry out this deal I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make
the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong Assurance and guarantee that
our share will be secured and please remember to treat this matter as very confidential matter, because
we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service and
remember once again that time is of the essence in this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Dr.T. Erick

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