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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: barrister usman <>
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 07:54:14 -0800 (PST)

My Dear ,

Greetings, many thanks for your urgent response.But it has come to be very necessary I educate you a bit on the next of kinship as attainable in the Banking Policy and Globally at large.

You see, next of kinship is not limited to relations of the deceased, nor is it confided to the circuit of parental relationship, rather it is by choice of the benefactor as regards to whom he wish to will it to (Beneficiary) either formally by write up, or in formally by secret information disclosure to beneficiary be Him/Her business partner,relation,Kinsmen, or friends or well wishers, therefore by virtue of the above stated, you can claim to be the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same surname.

Hence on your acceptance to this, I will communicate to you the confidential information of the deceased ,as contained in the Bank File , So that on your readiness to forward application of claim to the bank, I will direct you and reveal to you the necessary information which you will enclose in your application to the Bank, therefore on correspondence of Bank Confidential Information with what are contained in your application to them, they have no alternative other than to release the fund to you, As his Next of Kin originally,as he has no one for such Claim.

The part you are required to take in this transaction is risk free and it can never endanger your position in any way. first of all you will see the text of application which I will send to you in with mail, you will copy it and send to the bank,making reference to the account number and inquiring on how to have the fund into your account,which will be contained in the application ,

Then in return the bank will be demanding for proves as regards to the legal documents of proves to back you up in this claim , then The information supplied by you will be used to determine your true position as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased customer.
All the information required will be relayed to you by me,if the information supplied to the bank are genuine,then the bank will sign the approval for the release and transfer of the fund to your given account. Of course if you must know i have done my home work properly so i do not think we have any problem regarding this claim .

I will want some information about you and as soon as i get the informations i will send to you the applpication which you will fill and send to the bank for the fund to be approved in your name




Awaits your urgent response asap!
Yours truly ,
Barrister Usman Dikko(Esq)

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