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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:

From: "Dickson obi" <>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 05:13:26 -0600
Subject: Business Proposition

4th Nov, 2004
Dear Friend,

I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having
gone through your remarkable profile on the internet. Though, this
medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it
because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of
communication. However, this correspondence is official and private,
and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this deal is
hitch free from all what you may think of.

I am Barrister Dickson Obi Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to Mr
T.COOMBS a national of your country, who used to work with shell
development company in Nigeria.On the 2nd of may 1999, my client, his wife
And their three children were involved in a Car Accident along Sagbama
Express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there
lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate
any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no
avail, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to Assist in
repartrating the money that belong to my client before they get Confisicated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were
lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $11.3 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the Kext of
Kin or have the Account confisicated within the Next Ten official
working days.

Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over 3
years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since you are from the same country and bear the same last
name ,so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$11.3 million
dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money as
follows: 55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as
your government may require.

As soon as you indicate your interest, I will go to federal high court
of justice to obtain all legal documents (Affidavit and Letter of
Adminstration). All I require is your Honest Cooperation to enable us see
this deal through. I Guarantee you that this will be Executed under a
Legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by my email OR telephone to enable us
discuss further.

Best regards,

Dickson Obi :Esq
Tel: +234-803-3801106

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