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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: "Michael Oliver" <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 18:03:11 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY

Lloyds TSB Group plc
25 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7HN
United Kingdom

Attn: Sir/Madam,

I am a top executive in one of the leading banks in London

I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business . In my department,
I discovered an unclaimed sum of GBP15,500,000 (Fifteen Million, Five
Hundred Thousand British Pounds) only, in an account that belongs to one of
our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash
that took place in the Atlantic Ocean. The late Dr. Fritz Mortha, a citizen
of United States of America but resident here in London, United Kingdom,
until his death was my personal physician. See weblink

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his "Next
of Kin" to come over and claim his funds because it cannot be released
unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately, all his supposed next
of kin or relation died alongside with him in the plane crash having nobody
behind to claim the funds.

The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such funds remained
unclaimed after four years, the funds will be transferred into the Bank
Treasury as unclaimed fund. The request for your assistance and maximum
co-operation as a foreign citizen to stand as the Next of Kin in this
business is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a

Therefore,your utmost confidentiality in this deal is required. If this
interests you,kindly forward your tel,fax and email address to me for the
way forward as regards the consumation of this deal.

Await your immediate response.

Sincerely Yours,

Michael Oliver
Director of Investor Relations

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