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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: peter wong <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:48:59 -0700

I am Mr peter wong Executive Director of the Hang SengBank Ltd,Hong kong.An Iraqi named Besem Faruaka business man, made a numbered fixed deposit of(126,336,8299.38 hk) for 18 calendar months, this isvalued to Eight million United State Dollars only inmy branch.
Upon maturity several notice was sent to him even during the war four years ago (2003). Again after thewar another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found outthat Besem Faruak and his family had been killedduring the war in Gunfire that hit theirhome at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.
After further investigation it was also discoveredthat Besem Faruak did not declare any next of kin in his officialpapers including the paper work of his bank deposit.And he also confided in me the last time we wereat my office that no one except me knew of hisdeposit in my bank. So, Eigth milion United StateDollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me is that according to the laws of my countryat the expiration five years six months, the funds willrevert to the ownership of the hong kong Government ifnobody applies to claim the funds.
My proposal, I am prepared to place you as the next ofkin in a position to instruct HANG SENG BANK torelease the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is:I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the procentange50/50.
I would have gone ahead to ask the funds being releasedto me, but that would have drawn a straight line inmy involvement in claiming the deposit.I assure you that I could have the depositreleased to you within a few days.I will simply inform the bank of the final closingof the file relating to Besem Faruak, I will thenofficially communicate with myBank and instruct them to release the deposit toyou. With these: all is done.
I am aware of the consequences of thisproposal.should be interested in executing this withme,indicate your interest by sending me the following:
Your response with the requested information should besent to reach me at my personal email address
I shall then provide you with more details on thisoperation when I hear from you.
Sincerely,Mr.peter wong
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