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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 12:56:04 +0100
Subject: pls assist

FROM:Ademu Oghena



Dear sir/ma,

First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction, this
is by virtue of it's nature as being utterly confidential and top secret
as you were introduced to us in confidence through the Nigerian Chamber
of Commerce, foreign trade division. We are top officials from the Federal
Ministry of Works and Housing,(FMWH),Federal Ministry of Finance and the
Presidency, making up the Contract Review Panel (CRP) set up by the Federal
Government of Nigeria to review contracts awarded by the past military administration.

In the course of our work on the CRP, we discovered this fund which resulted
from grossly over-invoiced contracts which were executed for the FMW&H during
the last administration. The companies that executed the contracts have
been duly paid and the contracts commissioned leaving the sum of US$24.4
Million floating in the escrow account of the Central Bank of Nigeria ready
for payment. I have therefore been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues
in the panel to look for an overseas partner to whom we could transfer the
sum of US$24.4M legally subcontracting the entitlement to your company.
This is bearing in mind that our civil service code of conduct forbids us
from owning foreign company or running foreign account while in government
service hence the need for an overseas partner.

We have agreed that the funds will be shared thus after it has been paid
into your account:

(1) 30% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the

(2) 10% has been set aside as an abstract projection for reimbursment to
both parties for incidental expences that may be incurred in the course
of the transaction.

(3) 60% to us the government officials (with which we wish to commence an
importation business in conjunction with you ).

All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for the smooth
conclusion of the transaction within ten to fourteen days of commencement
after receipt of the following information:

-Your company name ;

-address ;

-company's details & activities -

-telephone & fax numbers.

These information will enable us make the applications and lodge claims
to the concerned ministries & agencies in favour of your company and it
is pertinent to state here that this transaction is entirely based on trust
as the solar bank draft or certified cheque drawable in any of the Central
Bank of Nigeria correspondent bankers around the world is going to be written
in your name.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter and your interest as regards
assisting us by sending me an e-mail.

Yours faithfully,

Engr.Ademu O.

NB: Bank Account Details not necessary as preferred mode of payment is by
draft or cheque .

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