fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 15:07:26 +0200

PHONE : 27-73-156-4382



It might be so strange to you affording to here from a very strange person
whom you?ve got nothing in common with, proposing for an assistance for his
fund / money to be transferred into your personal / company account in your
country to emanciparte a very good business their through you and also to
generate a sincered relationship with honesty and trust worthiness Without
waisting much time, my name is IBRAHIM USMAN DIOP a son of MR. YUSUF USMAN
DIOP from Sierra-Leone who was the Chief Security Officer of the Arms and
Ammunition procurement for the Sierra-Leone Armed Forces.

Infact it was so enthusiastic to me when I discovered your genuine business
entry in South African Information Exchange (S.A.I.E.) here in Johannesburg,
I then became more delighted and decided to commence this information about
my money to be transferred into your account in your country for my business
transaction there, since you will be there for my assistance. Giving you
a brief inside about this money of which you must also like to know, but
VERY CONFIDENTIAL it was smuggled out by my be loved Dad, during his tenure
of office as the Chief Security Officer who was in charge of the Arms and
ammunition procurement for the Sierra-Leone Armed Forces to South Africa
of which he deposited it under the custody of a security company in Johannesburg
(S.A.). And the amount is $23.6. MILLION US. DOLLERS In other words I am
only anticipating for your assistance to transfer this money into your personal
company?s account because right now my father has passed away and I am the
only son and the beneficiary to this fund. So, all I needed from you is:

1. Your maximum assistance, based on honesty and truthfullness

2. Your correct account number of which this money will be deposited into.

3. Ultimate Secrecy / confidentiality base on my family conduct, reputation
and regards.Finally, I inclose to you that 25% of this fund will be given
to you for your Assistance, 10% will be set aside for deffery expenses, and
remaining 65% will be for my business negotiation and transaction when I
arrive in your country of which you will be the pillot. Remember that this
money transfer is 100% RISK FREE because I will take of everything concerning
the fund here in South Africa.

Also bear in mind that this request, needs ALTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY / SECRECY
for proper transaction.Please send me an urgent reply for this request, enclosing
your telephone number, fax number and above all your account number of which
this fund will be deposited into.Thanks for your anticipated response / co-operation,
hoping to hear or receive your reply through FAX number above.

honesty, Yours Ibrahim UNDER THE STATUS AS AN
ASYLUM SEEKER IN Sout Africa. With best regard and understanding


Book yourself something to look forward to in 2005.
Cheap flights -
Bargain holidays -

Anti-fraud resources: