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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: "Kwame Appia" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 07:56:58 +0100
Subject: With sincere regards.

MR.Kwame Appia

Dear Friend,

I do hope this letter will not come to you as a surprise. It was borne out
of my desire to share a mutual business Relationship with you. My name is
Mr.Kwame Appia, 52yrs, Secretary, and a Ghana national. Am married with a
wife and five promising children.

I work as an administrative Secretary to SECURITY COMPANY here in Accra
Ghana. I got the information concerning you from the Ghana Chamber of
Commerce and after due consultation with my spiritual adviser, I decided to
contact you believing that by the grace of God, you will accept to be my
partner in this business.

I earn a salary of 1450 cedes – 1450 USD equivalent monthly. I joined the
services of this company in 1991 as an office assistant. I have been working
with this company for 17 years. Within this period, I have watched with
meticulous precision how African Heads of States and government
functionaries have been using SECURITY COMPANY to move huge sums of money
USD, Pound Sterling, French France – (Cash) to their foreign partners.

They bring in these consignments of money cash and secretly declare the
contents as gold, diamond, precious stones, family treasure, documents etc.
Gen. Sani Abacha of Nigeria (dead), Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (dead) Foday
Sankoy of Siera– Leone. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd.) of Nigeria etc.

All these people have hundreds of consignments deposited with SECURITY
COMPANY. Their foreign partners, Friends and relatives, are claiming most of
these consignments. A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for as much as 15
yrs. No body may ever come for them because in most cases, the documents of
the deposit are never available to any body except the depositors most of
them are dead. Since the inception of the 2000 millennium, SECURITY COMPANY
MANAGEMENT changed the procedure of claims of consignments. As soon as you
are able to produce all the secret information as contained in the secret
file of any consignment, it will be released to you upon demand.
From our record, more than 120 consignments belonging to Gen Abacha / Mobutu
Sese Seko, has been claimed in the past sixteen months. This is why I am
soliciting for your co-operation and assistance. Late Gen. Abacha has 82
consignments deposited with several names and codes. 35 have been claimed in
the past sixteen months. Since he's dead, his first son is dead in a plane
crash, the second son is facing trial for murder and embezzlement and the
family members are under restricted arrest without communication. I have
finished every arrangement for you to travel to our branch in {SPAIN} and
claim consignment No 1201 containing USD $15.5 Million, but if you cannot
make it by traveling to Spain then the security company were the funds was
deposited they can still use their diplomat to deliver the funds to you in
your country or very close country to yours. My duty is to supply you with
all the information and documents by fax or Email. You will deal directly
with my lawyer who is going to secure all the needed documents on your name
as the beneficial of the consignment. The procedure is simple: -because as
soon as you get back to me with your full details then i will forward it to
my lawyer to contact you immediately and let you know the next step because
this transaction is not going to take more than 5 to 7 days to finalize,
Also they will demand some documents and secret codes which my lawyer will
provide on your behalf.

As soon as they are confirmed correctly, they will invite you for the
collection or they can use their diplomat to deliver the consignment to you
in your country. No body will ever know I am involved in the deal except the
Lawyer who will write an agreement for us. I'll suggest upon conclusion we
share 35% for you 10% for the lawyer then 45% for me and 10% map out for any
expenses. At the successful conclusion of the deal, you'll arrange for me
and my family to come over to your country as soon as the consignment has
been in your custody.

I assure you that the business have been hatched for 7 Years now, it is very
secure and risk free. You can get back to me on the alternative e-mail
address for further Explanations and directives on the procedure. Always
email me your response on my alternative email:

Thank you.
Mr.Kwame Appia

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