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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: "Mr. DANIEL KOBUNA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 21:51:46 +0000
Subject: LET ME KNOW

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. DANIEL KOBUNA Chairman of West African ClearingHouse Accra Ghana. The West African ClearingHouse is a Security Company duly registered with the appropriate authorities.

Since six years ago one Zimbabwean (Mr. Francis Carden) who served under the President government as a Minister came to West African Clearing House (WACH) and deposited Sum of ($35.5 Million) in the Security Company, and the due process of our Company was followed and he deposited the fund to our care. As it stands now, the man in question has never for once since the past three years visited our company or call us like he us to do in the past as a result of this I carried out inquiry to his way about and my investigations revealed that the man in question died two years ago.

The entire house hold does not know anything about this money and In fact wouldn't even be interested if they know about it. This is because the minister fell out with President Mugabe and his death is being directed to Mugabe's government. That is by the way though, Why I am relaying this to you now is that I have completely hatched plans on how to divert the said fund using my office as the Chairman of W.A.C.H. as it stands, No man can question my authority within the company my signature is final within the companies Jurisdiction.

One problem I am having now is on the area of the limitations of my powers. I can not move such amount of money out of Ghana on my own and I can not deposit such amount into any Commercial bank in Ghana in my name. This was the same problem the minister had that made him bring the money over to Ghana from Zimbabwe. His position as a minister was an advantage that was why he could even move the money over to Ghana without having problem with the authorities at the airport. Simply put, He enjoyed Diplomatic Immunity.

What you will do is very simple provide me with your particulars- Surname, First name, Address, Country of origin, company name if any. With these I will be able to first of all transfer the ownership of the fund to you by changing all the documents relating to the said transaction. Once this is done, The next step will be that you will require coming over to Ghana to open an account with a Bank in which the fund will be transferred into.

This is because foreigners are given serious concession concerning financial transaction as most major contracts that have to do with large sums are carried out by foreigners. When this fund is deposited in the bank in your name, We can then prepare bank draft from the Bank, Make wire transfer, provide your account number in your country to the bank and ask them to pay transfer some money into the account. We can take bank draft of various sums and deposit in your home country on the same account and they will be cleared.

By the use of all these methods of transfer, We will be able to move the entire fund over to your country without any form of suspicion from any body. One thing I would like to make clear at this juncture is that you and I will have to share the fund on the percentage bases of 60% for me and 30% for you while we use 10% to settle all expenses.

One more thing is that trust is required in a very high magnitude as I do not wish to face the possibilities of loosing this fund to a greedy person who may outwit me if he gets procession of the said fund in his bank account.

I look forward to your kind gesture if the conditions are okay by you.

Please you can reply the through my e-mail: or you can call my direct telephone numbers 233-277737930 for security reason.



West African Clearing House P.O. Box 501, Darkuman +//0 Accra Ghana

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