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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: paul obi <>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 18:40:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Good Day

from mr. paul obi
bill and exchange dept.
bank of africa plc.
foreign remittance

my name is mr. paul obi. i work with the bank of africa plc manager, bill and exchange of the foreign remittance department. in the discharge of my duty, i stumbled on this domiciliary account that has remained dormant for six months now with thirty five million, five hundred
thousand united states dollars ($35.5m) in it. on personal investigation, i discovered that the account holder died in auto crash accident with the members of his family who should be the next of kin to the amount, all i need you to do is to stand as the next of kin to our late customer so that these funds can be transferred into your nominated bank account.

on further investigation, i found out that: -
a) he has no other living declared relative
b) he had died interstate (without making a will)
c) he was into real estate venture (realtor)

accordingly, all attempts to trace a next of kin have been fruitless. i am writing you so that we can work together to remit this amount of money into your account as the next of kin hence the depositor happened to be a foreigner. all documents and proves to enable you get this
fund will be carefully worked out from my table and i will perfect every documents to be in accordance to the banking laws and guild lines hence you have nothing to worry about for i am assuring you a 100% risk free transaction.

it is simple process, which will take a short while to process. outside this, the bank management will confiscate this amount of money as uncleared effects and send back to the deposit insurance corporation account.

if i hear from you, i will tell you all you need to know about the money and the operational method we can use to affect the remittance into your account for our mutual benefit. also include your full name, address and phone number.

yours sincerely

mr. paul obi

nb: please reply to my private email:

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