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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: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 08:36:40 -1200
Subject: Leonard Muller

Leonard Muller.
18 Moore Avenue,
South Africa.

To Whom It May Concern.

We want to transfer out of the country the sum of Sixty two Million United
States Dollars($62,000,000.00) from Africa.

I am Leonard Muller,the external auditor of a Bank.During the course of
our auditing,I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank
in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again.After going
through some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the
account died without a ?Heir apparent to the throne?hence the money is floating
and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for

The owner of this account who is,a foreigner and an industrialist died,
since 1990,until now no other person(s) knows about this account or could
give any documentary evidence concerning this account. As such this account
has no other beneficiary and my nvestigation proved to me as well that until
his death was the manager of his Company,here in South Africa.

However,if you are interested in this business we will start the first
money transfer with Ten Million U.S.Dollars($10,000,000.00) upon successful
transaction without any disappointment from you.We shall also re-apply for
the payment of the remaining amount to your account.However, knowing all
this, we will reach a binding agreement in this regards.As a matter of urgency,
I will inform you the next step to take, while you Send your private telephone
and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for
the deposit.I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can
not be approved to a local account because since the original owner was
a foreigner too, thus the money could only be approved into a foreign account.

As a matter of urgency,I will inform you the next step to take,when you
indicate your willingness and capability to go ahead in the business.I need
your full co-operation to make this business a success,because the management
is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information
of this account,which I will give to you,upon your positive response and
once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with the instructions
of a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business.

I need your strong assurance that you will never let me down.With my influence
and the position in the bank we can transfer this money to any foreigner's
reliable account which you can provide with assurance that this money will
be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing.And to
build confidence that you can come immediately to discuss with me face to
face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and three
of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going
into the account.I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately
I hear from you that you are ready to act as directed.

To prove the authenticity of the business I will use my position and influence
to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your
account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries,foreign
exchange departments,embassy and Board of Internal Revenue Services.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount,60%
will be for me,while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred
during this process.I look forward to your earliest reply through private
hand telephone,or my private email address.

Yours truly

Leonard Muller.
My Private Hand Phone:+882 1646653534.

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