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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: "el_phram famoru" <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 17:27:14 +0000
Subject: Attention Important Letter"

Attention Important Letter"
From; Dr. Dr.Elphram Famoru

African Development Bank
Ouagadougou (ADB ANNEX)
Burkina Faso.W/Africa.

Dear friend,

With close inquiry made about you ,I believe you can handle this matter I
humbly seek your assistance in a matter that needs outmost trust and
confidence. I am Dr. Elphram Famoru, and I am the Chief Auditor to African
Development Bank in the Republic of Burkina Faso.

There is an account in my bank that has not been updated in the last (3
three years) and it has the sum of us$ 14. 500,000. 00 (fourtheen million,
five hundred thousand dollars). This money has no beneficiary and severed
investigations made after this last quater audition, shows that the account
belongs to a foreign company belonging to Mr.DASSOUL TORO IBRAHIM, who died
a couple of years ago and nobody either from the family or otherwise is
aware of the said fund.
Right now, The banking laws stated that if such fund remains with
the banks care should be forward to the bank/ federal govervnment account
which we dont want it this way and a Burkinabe can not stand as the next of
kin to a foriegner, that is why i respectedly call you to come and eat with
me on this aspect.

I am willing to give you 40% of the total sum as your own share if the money
is transferred into your account as the next of kin to the deceased
customer. and 60% for me.

I have taken all necessary precautions to make sure that the transaction
is 100% risk free and it is expected that this transaction will be completed
within ( fourtheen )14 bank working days as proper followup will be given to
the bank board and it will be Legally released to your account.

I require you to send me your current address, phone numbers and fax for an
easy and well secured communication, I am in position of the deceased
person's informations file. Please you must keep this transaction secret at
all times until you have received the fund in your account.

As soon as i hear from you i will send the detail informations to you, i
will also give you the text of Application on how to apply to the bank for
the money Ok! .

I Opted On You, With Best Regards
If you need more information to be clearified call me,
My phone numbers 00226 7658 3469
Dr. Elphram Famoru.

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