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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: "Mr Frank Wang" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 01:24:39 +0000


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.FRANK WANG, credit officer of Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an urgent
and very confidential business proposition for you.On June 6, 2000, a
British Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals
Corporation,Mr.Robert Purdy made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for
twelve calendar months, valued at US$4.5million (four million five hundred
Dollars only) in my branch.Upon maturity,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 Hong Kong Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Robert
Purdy 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.Robert Purdy did not declare any kin or relations in all
his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.This
sum of US$4.5 million dollars 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.According to Laws of Hong Kong, at the
expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the
Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr. Robert Purdy 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
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.The money will be paid into your account for us
share in the ratio of 70% for me and 25% for you and 5% for expenses
incurred in the course of the transaction.

There is no risk at all,as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees
the successful execution of this transaction.If you are interested,please
reply immediately 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 email and fax numbers for easy
communication as my spoken english is not very good. You should observe
altmost 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.


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