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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 Ag" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 03:57:52 -0700

E-mail address:

Dear Sir,

In order to transfer from a Bank some amount of money, I have the courage to
look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important
business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the

My name is Mr. Issa Juma, and I work in the International operation
department in a Local Bank
here in South Africa. On a routine inspection I discovered a dormant
domiciliary account with a BAL. Of 26,000,000 (Twenty Six Million USD) on
further discreet investigation, I also discovered that the account holder
has long since passed away (dead) leaving no beneficiary to the account. The
bank will approve this money to any foreigner because the former operator of
the a/c is a foreigner and from Iraq in particular and I am certainly sure
that he is dead, and nobody will come again for the claim of this money A
foreigner can only claim this money with legal claims to the account Holder;
therefore I need your cooperation in this transaction.

I will provide the necessary information needed in order to claim this
money, But you will need to open an account where this can be transferred.
If interested send your private Telephone No. And Fax number including full
details of the account to be used for the Deposit I wish for utmost
confidentiality in handling this transaction as my job and the future of my
family would be jeopardized if it were breached.

The informations will be as follows.......

Bank Name:.........
Bank Address:........
Account Name:............
Account Number:.............
Swift Code No:................
Routing Number:..................

I want to assure you that the transaction is without risk if due process is
followed accordingly. Finally I will give you 25% for your corporation. I
look forward to a favorable response from you. through my email:

Best Regards,
Mr. Issa Juma.

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