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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: "Mr Usman Ahmed" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 23:25:11 +0100
Subject: I await your response urgently.

Mr Usman Ahmed
Diamond Bank


I am Mr Usman Ahmed, Branch Manager Diamond Bank.I have an urgent and very
profitable business proposition for you that should be handled with extreme

On January 12,1997 a Consultant and contractor with the Nigeria Water Corporation
Mr. Kim Sangogk by name made a numbered time Fixed Deposit for twelve calendar
months valued at US$20.9M(Twenty Million, Nine Hundred thousand United States
Dollars Only) in my branch.

Upon maturity I sent a routine notification in accordance with the Bank policy
to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminder
and finally we discovered from his contract employers Nigeria Water Corporation
that Mr. Kim Sangogk died in the Korean Air Flight {801}, which crashed in
Guam, on August 6,1997. .list

On further investigation, we found out that he died without making a Will
and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made
further investigations and discovered that Mr.Kim Sangogk did not declare
any next of kin or relations in all his official documents including his
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.

This sum of US$20.9M has been carefully moved out of my bank to a Financial
and Security Company for safekeeping.

No one will ever come forward to claim it and according to the Law of my
country, at the expiration of 7 years the money will revert to the ownership
of the Nigeria Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund.

We decided to contact you to assit me receive his money for safe keeping
and investments on his behalf as everything will be taken over by the government
as provided in section 129 sub 63(N), Nigeria Banking Edit of 1961.

This prompted us to contact you.We want to front you as the next of kin of
our late client thereby making you the legal beneficiary of the sum of $20.9
million U.S Dollars that is presently in a Financial and Security Company

I contacted you because it is against the civil service code of ethics to
own and operate foreign accounts and your assistance would be needed to claim
the money in the Financial and Security Company

The transaction is 100% legal and totally free of risks as all modalities
has been perfected to ensure the hitch free success of the transaction.

I have also decided that you will generously be entitled to 30% of the total
amount. Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist
me of this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights
of ownership of this fund to your name to facilitate your easy clearance
and transfer of the complete funds to your country.

You have nothing to worry about, as I will be there to assist you in anyway
necessary with all proper documentation.

If you are interested, send all possible suggestions as soon as possible
so that we can proceed and after sending it you call/phone me.

I await your response urgently.


Usman Ahmed


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