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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 by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Musa Dantata" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 13:17:16 +0000
Subject: ATTN:Ong

>From The Desk Of Mr Musa Dantata
Foreign Operation Dept,Eco Bank NIG. PLC,
Lagos Branch.


I am Mr Musa Dantata, I work with the office of the Director, Foreign
Operation Department of Eco Bank NIG. PLC, Lagos Branch. It happend On the
2nd of May 1999, Engr. S. Ong, a national of your country who used to work
with Shell Petroleum Development Company In Nigeria (SPDC), Mr Engr. S. Ong,
his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along
Shagamu Express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their
lives. Since then, Eco Bank NIG. PLC have made several enquiries to your
embassy to locate any of the extended relatives, this has also proved

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence
I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the money
that belong to Mr Engr. S. Ong, before they get confisicated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about
$18.6 Million Dollars has issued a notice to provide the next of kin or have
the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since bank have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years
now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so
that the proceeds of this account valued at $18.6 Million Dollars can be
paid to you and then you and me can share the money,50% to me and 45% to
you, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require,I
have the Certificate of deposit that can be used to back up any claim we may
make. All I require is your honest co-operation 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 by
my email to enable us discuss further.

Thank you

My Regards,

Musa Dantata


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