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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: "DR. ARSENTIY B. BUKHVALOV" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 11:37:15 +0100
Subject: Am in need of your co-operation

Date: 12/11/2005
Changi, Singapore, Asia.
Dear Sir,
Good day to you.

Let me crave your indulgence to introduce myself to you. I am Dr. Arsentiy B. Bukhvalov Chairman of Oil and Gas Ltd, Changi, Singapore. We are OPEC members who deal on crude oil and raw material and export into America, Canada and Europe.
I have taken pains to find your contact through personal endeavours. I would like to solicit for your assistance to help us receive payment for services and supplies we rendered to one of our customers. Since his tragic death in 25 July, 2000, my Company could not make any claim of the money owed to us as he never left any instruction on that.
My investigations on this reveals that none of his next of kin have come forward to claim his estates. He has an account with a Financial Institution where he left behind a magnitude amount , over (US$32,000,000.00) Thirty Two Million United States Dollars. He owed to us a total of (US$12.5 Million).
I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Financial Institution in charge. This is especially possible as you bear the same LAST NAME to the deceased. This exactly is why I crave your participation and co-operation.
I have seized all relevant documents (legal and Banking) that will facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of his estate/fund, which he left and ultimately transfer our owed amount to any account nominated by us. Of course you shall be handsomely rewarded for your part, as the people I am working with are prepared to leave you enjoy the remaining amount (US$19.5 Million).
I shall however leave out the finer details till I receive an affirmation of your desire to participate.
Be assured that my colleagues and I are on top of the situation and there will be no risk whatsoever if you agree to come on board. Needless to say, UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY is of vital importance if we are to successfully reap the immense benefits of this transaction.
The above set of facts underscores my reason for bringing this to your attention.
To maintain the level of security required to see this transaction to come to a successful conclusion, I have intentionally left out the finer details.
To affirm your willingness and co-operation to my proposal, please confirm by supplying your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, TELEPHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS AND COPY OF THIS LETTER via fax or email.
We look forward in working with you as partners in the near future.
Dr. ArsentiyB.Bukhvalov
Oil and Gas Ltd, Changi, Singapore.
Tel/fax: +6564915036 <> <>

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