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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: "Lamin Bakary" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 09:45:13 -0500
Subject: Re: ATTENTION

Dear Sir/Ms

I obtained your name and email when I searched the internet for my deceased
client's relative. My client died in an auto accident that also claimed the
life of his wife and son on 8th September, 2005.

I was his personal attorney for 12 years and he confided so much in me. He
showed limitless favour and love to me and my family and helped me push
through life to greater heights. He was simple and very close to my heart.
His demise is a great loss to me, especially at this critical time.
I have exhausted all options to trace any of his relatives to claim his
properties but to no avail. The law demands that if an estate remains
unclaimed one year from the date of a deceased owner, the estate be
transferred to the government.

I am very concerned about his Special Deposit Account, holding a principal
amount of United States Dollars Seven Million Two Hundred and Fifty thousand
US Dollars (US$7,250,000.00) with 1.70% annual interest rate and four (4)
year maturity period.

Since I am unable to trace his relatives, I opted to search for anyone who
can stand in for the claim so that I can pull the funds from the bank. We do
not have to go through probate as I have His death certificate, certificate
of deposit of the fund and his international passport which are in my
possession. I will also do additional professional services that may be
required to pull this fund.

We will disburse the proceeds equitably. Please consider this letter and
give me you immediate response.

And If you are interested, please reply immediately with your full name,
your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Yours sincerely,

Lamin Bakary Esq.
Managing Partner
Equity chambers & Co.

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