fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: kphvRajiv Gupta <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 05:14:46 -0800
Subject: ( Urgent Business Deal ) eybn

Dear Friend,

Compliment of the day. I am Rajiv Gupta, credit control manager in a bank here in the United Kingdom.In
my ability to secure a business asset abroad. I wish to build a strong and authentic business
relationship with you that will develop to a long lasting cooperation in a spirit of friendship. My
objectives is to have a solid investment in your country.

I decided to contact you after due thought in respect of a transfer of a huge sum of money from a
deceased account.The deceased person is Mr.Richard Brokaw,he died in an air crash along with his
family on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on board was an
American Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation.You can confirm his
death from the BBC WORLD NEWS WEBSITE below:

Since his death, none of his family are alive to make claims for this money as his heir, because they all
died in the same accident. I want to seek your permission to have you stand as the next of kin to the
deceased, all documentations will be carefully worked out to make you the true beneficiary of the sum of
Eight million five hundred thousand Great Britain pounds sterling(£8,500 000.00). This funds will be
released in your favour as the next of kin if you will cooperate with me in one accord.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance by sending your reply along with the
information below to my personal mailbox:

1. Full names and contact address,
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers.

I want you to know that if after six years the money is not claim, the money will be decleared as
unclaimed and the money transferred to the bank treasury account where the money will be shared
amongst the directors of the bank at the end of the banking year. It is on this note I decided to seek for
your permission to stand as the next of kin/beneficiary to the deceased instead of allowing the bank
directors to share this money amongst themselves at the end of the year.It may interest you to know that
we have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased relatives.

The funds shall be shared as, 40% for you and 60% for me.I intend to retire after the conclusion of this
transaction and relocate to your country. Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in
you.I await your urgent reply. I want you to be focus and face this business transaction with all
seriousness that it deserve.

Best Regards,

Mr.Rajiv Gupta



Anti-fraud resources: