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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: "barrister uche williams" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 22:08:04 -0700

From: Uche Williams & Associates
Legal Practioniers, Solicitors,
Patent & Trademark Agents.


It is with Heavy Heart, I am reaching you regarding the death of my late
client. I am Barrister Uche Williams the legal adviser to late MR. MIKE &
CAROL HALL, a very Wealthy Couple that lived here in the United Kingdom,
before their recent Death on the 26th of December during the Tsunami
disaster last year (2004). Please, I will like you to view this web site
below and see what i am talking about.

These couple served God as very dedicated Christians, they so dedicated
their life to God but they had no child till they died. They acquired a lot
of landed properties like lands, Stocks/Bond, house properties, etc. As
their legal adviser, before their death, the husband Mr. Mike & Carol Hall
instructed me to write his WILL because they had no child; they dedicated
their wealth to God.

According to the WILL, their assets should be given out to a ministry for
the work of God. As their legal adviser, I have all the documents which they
use to deposited their fund in the Security Company are in my care. He gave
me the authority to give out the funds to the Ministries for the work of
God. As instructed by MR. MIKE HALL before his death. As a matter of fact
the total amount of money that is deposited in the bank is US$30,000,000.00,

I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund left behind by my
client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Security
Company where this huge amount were deposited. TheSecurity Company has
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account
confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. For the fact
that I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over nine months
now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the
sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have all necessary information
and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you
is your honest cooperation to enable us see his transaction through. I
guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law.

Please kindly get in touch with me through this e-mail: preferably for more details. I hope to having the
most rewarding relatinoship with you in future.

Hope to hear from you soonest indicating your telephone and fax number for
conceiving the documents including your postal address.Thanks for the time.

Best regards and God bless,

Barrister Uche Williams


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