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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 17:51:45 -0500


I am Mr.Simon Wong, credit officer of the Dah Sing
Bank Ltd.I have a
concealed business suggestion for you. Before the U.S
and Iraqi war,our client General. Hassan Fazi
who was with the Iraqi forces and also business man
made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar
months, with a value of Fourty Three Million,Six
Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity
several notice
was sent to him, even during the war early this
year.Again after the war another notification was sent
still no response came from him.

We later find out that the General and his family had
been killed during
the war in bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered
that Gen. Hassan
Fazi did not declare any next of kin in his official
papers including the
paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided
in me the last time he was at my office that no one
except me knew of his deposit in my bank.So, Fourty
Three Million,Six Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever
come forward to claim it What bothers me most is that
according to the to the laws of my
country at the expiration three years the funds will
revert to the
ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody
applies to claim the
funds.Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is
that I will like you
as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to
Gen.Hassan Fazi so that
you will be able to receive his funds.
I want you to know that I have had everything planned
out so that we
shall come out successful. I have contacted an
attorney that will
prepare the necessary document that will back you up
as the next of kin to Gen.Hassan Fazi ,all that is
required from you at this stage is for you to provide
me with your full Names and address so that the
attorney can commence his job.
After you have been made the next of kin,the attorney
will also fill
in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary
approval and
letter of probate in your favor for the move of the
funds to an account
that will be provided by you. There is no risk
involved at all in the matter
as we are going adopt a legalized method and the
attorney will prepare
all the necessary documents.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all
matters concerning
this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to
your nominated bank account we shall share in the
ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5%for any
expenses incurred during the course of this operation.
Should you be interested please send me your private
phone and fax
numbers for easy communication, you can write me via
my private box
( ) and i will provide you with more details of
this operation.

Your earliest response to this letter will be

Kind Regards
Mr.Simon Wong

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