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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: "Ben Aku" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 11:46:01 +0000
Subject: TRUST

Dear Friend,

I am Barrister,Ben Aku a legal Practioner. I was the Personal Attorney and
legal adviser to Mr. David Bryce, a national of your country, who used to
work with Mobil oil Company Nigeria Plc.

On the 21st of August 2000, my client, his wife and their only son were
involved in a car accident along Shagamu Express Road. All occupants of the
vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
client's extended relatives and this has also proved

After these unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives over the
Internet, but to no avail,hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
erviceable by the Bank where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly,
the Bank where the deceased had a deposit valued at about Ten Million,Three
hundred and Twenty Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Five United States
Dollars USD10,320,645), has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to
my late client or have the account frozen and the fund forefeited to the
government treasury by the end of this financial year.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over two years
now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased,since you are from the same country so that the proceeds of this
account valued at USD10,320,645 can be paid to you.

Thereafter,you and me will share the sum paid to you in the following
ratio;65% to me and 30% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or taxes, as
your Government may require.I am in a position to provide all necessary
legal documents that shall be used to back up this claims,and all I require
is your acceptance and your honest Cooperation to enable us see this deal

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me
through my

Best regards,

Ben Aku ESQ.

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