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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:

Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 01:20:41 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?URGENT=20BUSINESS?=

Hello Dear

I am Alhaji Musa Sa'id Ibrahim (ESQ) a solicitor at
I am the personal attorney to late Mr Goto a
national of USA, who used
to work with an oil company,( Mobile Producing
Unlimited) in Nigeria.
Here in
after shall be referred to as my client. On the 10th
of May 1999, my
client, his wife and their only son were involved in
a car accident
Ibadan express road. All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost
lives. Since then I have made several enquiries and
presentations to
embassy to locate any of my clients extended
relatives, this has also
proved abortive.It is after these several
unsuccessful attempts to
any member of his family failed that I decided to
contact you
that you can invariably be of help in this situation
to stand as the
of kin to this my client..

I am contacting you to assist me in repatriating the money and
left behind by my client before they get confiscated
or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit
were lodged.
Already, the
finance company where the deceased had an account
valued at about
million dollars has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or
the account confiscated within the next twenty-one
official working
days. Since It has been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 3
now, I seek your consent to present you as the next
of kin of the
, so that the proceeds of this account valued at
US$18.500 million
can be paid to your account and there after we can
share the fund
the ratio of 7:3. That is I will have 70% of the
proceed while you
have 30%
for your assistance I have all necessary legal
documents that can be
to back up any claim we may make. All I require is
your honest
to enable us see this transaction through .I
guarantee that this will
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any
breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by my email and send to
me your telephone
fax numbers to enable us discuss further about this

Best regards,

Alhaji Musa Sa'id Ibrahim (Esq)

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