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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: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 01:42:56 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Urgent=20reply?=


I am Mr William Wei,Bank Manager, Bank Of Overseas Chinese North Shyn Lin
District, Taipei, Taiwan. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition
for you.

On June 6, 1999, a British Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid
Minerals Corporation, Mr. David Abel made a Fixed Deposit of the sum of
US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) which accumulated
to the sum of US$20,160,176.00 (Twenty Million, One hundred and sixty thousand,
One hundred and seventy six United States Dollars for twelve calendar months
in my branch.

I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. David Abel died
from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that
he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin
was fruitless.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that
Mr. David Abel did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of
US$20,160,176.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled
over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come
forward to claim it.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr.David Abel so that the fruits of this old man's
labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits
that will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization
of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration
in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world
that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to
you as the beneficiary/next of kin.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response,
I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will
help you understand the transaction.
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.Please
observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would
be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance
to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply.

Thanks and regards,
Mr.William Wei.
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