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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: "suleman bello" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 09:08:49 -0800

Dear Friend,

Firstly, not to cause you embarrassment, I am Barrister SULEMAN BELLO,a
Solicitor at law and the personal attorney to named GERALD WELSH who died
in an air crash along with his wife on the 31st October 1999 in an
Egyptian airline being 1990 with other passengers on board. You can confirm
this fact from the website which was aired by the BBC WORLD NEWS:

Since his death, none of his relations or persons have come forward to lay
claims to his this funds as next-of-kin, and on my own i have made
concerted effort to locate any of his relatives but all prove abortive,
which makes me to believe that maybe nobody of his knows that he was
operating this foreign account with and Insurance broking firm here in
Nigeria. Based on the

ethics and policies of the Deposit holding firm, this funds will be
declared unclaimed funds and taken to the treasury of the bank as capital
base of the bank, because already the account has been tagged dormant
because it has exceeded the normal functional number of years.

In-spite of the above please do bear in mind that l have made several
enquiries with his country's embassies to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you with this business
partnership proposal. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating a
huge amount of money left behind by my client before they get confiscated
or declared unserviceable by the Finance/Security Company where these huge
deposit was lodged.

The deceased had a deposit valued presently at
$30.5million (Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars)
and the Company has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or
Beneficiary by Will otherwise have the account confiscated within the next
sixty official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating
the relatives for over 3years now, I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of
this account valued at $30.5 Million US dollars can be paid to you.

This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40%
to you. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up
any claim we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation,
Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this transaction through. I
guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH


And please provide me the following: This is to enable me commence
immediate preparation of all legal document that will back up our claim.
1. Full Name :
2. Date of Birth
2. Your Private Telephone Number
3. Your Contact Address.
Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.
Best regards,

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