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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: drngoli <> (may be fake)
Date: 19 Jan 2005 08:03:39 -0000

Dear Friend,

I write to seek your cooperation as my foreign partner and your
assistance to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable economy of
your country. I apologize if this mail does not suit your personal or
business ethics.

My names are Dr. Damian Ngoli. We are making this venture proposal to
you in strict confidence. As senior civil servants in the South Africa
Government, the South African civil service laws (Code of Conduct
bureau) forbid us to own a foreign account. The money we have in our
possession is an overdue payment bill totaling Twenty Six Million, Four
Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand US Dollars (US$26,426,000.00) which we want
to transfer abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a company/or
an individual to receive the said funds, via a reliable Bank Account.

If you will like to assist us as a partner, then indicate your interest
after which we shall both discuss on the modalities. All other
information to facilitate the remittance of the funds will be revealed to you
in due course. For your assistance, you shall receive 30% amounting to
US$7,927,800.00 of the US$26.426Million, 60% amounting to US$15,855,600
for us and 10% amounting to US$2,642,600 will be used to settle
taxation and other miscellaneous expenses in the course of transferring the
funds to your account.

Please indicate your direct telephone and direct fax number when
replying this business proposal Strictly through my alternative address:,for security reasons. I will call you when necessary.
If you are not interested, please also indicate so that it will enable me to contact
other foreign partner with recommendations to carry out this deal. You have
to be resident in america as this is the destination I want the fund remmited to.

A swift acknowledgment on the receipt of this mail will be appreciated.

Thank you and God bless you.

Best regards,
Dr. Damian Ngoli.

N.B: Please contact me via my alternative email address

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