fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



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

Fraud email example:

From: Mr Ben Ayama <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 23:14:50 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Good Day/


Dear Friend,

I am quite convicned of the fact that this will come to you as a surprise.however i am writing based on the privlage information i garthered about you in internet during my extensive search for a repose foreign partner who is compitent of assisting me in below business proposal

I am Mr.Ben Ayama,the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of B.T.C.I BANK OF AFRICA ,Lome Togo in west Africa with due respect and regards. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.During our investigation and audting in this bank,my department came across an abandoned sum of $14.7m US dollars(fourteen million seven hundred thousand US dollars.)In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in march 2002 in a plane crash.

Since we got information about his death,we have been expecting his next of kin 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.It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department decided to make this businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this fund to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill. The Banking law here stipulates that if such money remains unclaimed for five years,it will be for feited to the Bank Treasury as an unclaimed bill. A Togolaise cannot stand as the next of Kin to a foreigner.It is upon this discovery that I and my colleagues in this Department decided to contact you to collaborate with us to pull out this dormant fund.

This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust to the bank and also present a foreign account where you will need the money to be re-transfered.I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100%risk free.
You have been adviced to keep top secret as we are still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account.And ask us to come down to your country for subseque sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment either in your country or any country you advice us to invest inn.
We agree that 30%of this money will be for you as foreign partner,in respect to the provision of a foreign account,10%will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 60%would be for me and my colleagues.There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated.

Upon receipt of your reply,I will send to you the text of the application.This transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as allrequired arrangements have been made for thetransfer.This transaction will only take a maximum of 14 bank working days.

Further Information will be given to you as soon as I
receive your positive response.

Mr.Ben Ayama.


Planlägg din tid online med Yahoo! Kalender. Gratis och integrerad med Yahoo! Mail. Få den på:

Anti-fraud resources: