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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Dave Murphy <>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 20:16:36 +0100

Goodday To You


My names are Dr DAVE MURPHY. I am member of Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) EEC. ICEP is charged with the responsibility of finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War II. It may interest you to know that in July of 1997, the Swiss Banker's Association published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss citizens.

These accounts had been dormant since the end of World War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to Holocaust victims. The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts -54,000 in December, 1999. The published lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest -bearing savings accounts, securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction accounts. Numbered accounts are also included.

Interest is paid on accounts that were interest bearing when established. The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles processing of all claims on accounts due non-Swiss citizens. A dormant account of Mr.Hami Ramzy had a credit balance of 25,800,000.00 US dollar ( Twenty Five Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only ) plus accumulated interest was discovered by me . The beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era, leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of theirs.

The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into the treasury of Switzerland government as provided by the law for management of assets of deceased beneficiaries who died interstate living no wills).Being a top executive at ICEP, I have all secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch. The funds will be banked in the Spain, being a safe heaven and limited taxes for funds and we can share the funds and use in investment of our choice.

Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a TRUSTED HAND to HELP claim the funds. All that is required is for you to provide me with your details for processing of the necessary legal and administrative claim documents for transfer of the funds to you. Kindly provide me with the below details;

i. Full name
ii. Address ( Home / Office )
iii. Telephone, Fax Mobile Numbers Respectively

For the fund to be transferred to a secure, numbered account in your name and country via our corresponding bank in Spain, of which you will be capable of accessing the funds gradually and transferring to your country and other banks of your choice in the world. My share will be 60 percent and your share is 40 per cent of the total amount. THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED. You can find additional information about unclaimed funds through the internet at the following websites:

The Holocaust Claims Processing Office has put funds in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for necessary disbursement, I find myself privileged to have this information and this may be a great opportunity for a life time of success without risks.

Thanking you in anticipation for your prompt response. Response should be via my secured Email ( ) solely till it’s safe and secured enough for us to meet in person on conclusion of the transaction

Best Regards,
Dave murphy.

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