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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "jerry alex" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 09:59:12 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear Partner

Hello Dear Partner,

With due respect and regard i am the bill and exchange manager in charge of auditing and accounting section of one of the leading bank in cotonou benin republic in west africa.

During our investigation and auditing in this bank,my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person Mr.Morris Thomson who died on Febuary 1st 2000 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund,Since we got information about his death,we have been expecting his next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I went into investigation insearch of a reliable person who's name will go along with the deceased customer and stand as the next of kin to the deceased customer,then i came across your contact through the internet.

I decieded to contact you without the knowlage of this bank to make arranegment with you so that you can stand as the next of kin and have this fund release to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into government treasury as uncliamed bill.becuase the banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained or which is dormant after five years here in the bank,the money will be transfered into the bank treasury box as uncliamed funds.

Although personally,I keep this information secret within myself to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution.The said amount was us$18.5MUSD (Eighteen million Five hundred thousand united states dollars).

As the Bill and Exchange Manager here in this bank i will direct you and guide you and also give you informations about the deceased customer and all his bank particulars.I want you to know that i am contacting you for such undertaken and if eventually you are willing and ready for such business,i have maped out 30% for you and 10% for any expencies incured during the course of this transaction while 60% will be for me and any advise for a lucrative business investment which you will be managing or on the other hand help me to oversea on my behalf pending when i will retire and possible come over for our investment.

Should you be interested, please contact me for further information.

Best Regards,
Dr Jerry.Alex.

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