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

Fraud email example:

From: "MR HASHIM ABUBAKAR" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 13:54:29 +0700

Dear Sir,
I feel very sorry to interrupt your peace since you are not expecting to receive any mail from me.However,I was obliged to do so due to the importance and urgency of the massage.I crave your indulgence,and want to reassure you that I mean well and that it is only for our mutual good.So please do not be embbarrassed or suspicious
I got your contact from a your country trade journal here in Thailand chamber of commerce and industry, and I decided to unfold my investment plan to you of which I am convince as to solicit for your support and assistance after reading your profile.

I am Mr Hashim Abubakar the Son of late Mr Ibrahim Abubakar of Equatorial Guinea located in West Central Africa. My father was a famous politician, and the former Vice Chairman of the Convergence for Social Democracy Party in Equatorial Guinean. He was accused with three members of thier party by the Equatorial Guinean authorities in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in March 2005.
My father was given a 20 years prison sentence after unfair trials. The government also ensured that all my father's bank accounts both local and international been freeze and assets being seized. Few months later due to the shock he developed High Blood Pressure and Stroke which led to his death. Before his death, he was able to confirm personally to me of an existence deposit of $12.5Million USD which he packed and sealed and deposited in a finance and security vault through a diplomatic channell in Bangkok Thailand as a Diplomatic valuable / Family treasure instead of cash for security reason.
Presently I have just arrived here in Bangkok along and we have been granted political asylum under the protection of United Nations High Commission for refugee due the continue problem with theEquatorial Guinean Government. We have certified the existence of the fund in the finance and security vault with all the appropriate documents of the fund in my hand as the next of kin/ beneficiary of the fund. I have concluded every arrangement for removal of the Diplomatic Security trunk box containing the money out from the finance and security vault so that I can transfer the fund out of Thailand for investment partnership because my current status as a political refugee here I am limited to handle such huge amount of cash as I am also limited from operating a bank account as a refugee here in Thailand.
For the above reason I have decided to seek for an assistance and help from you as a foreign partner to enable us reach a contract joint venture partnership agreement to transfer and invest the fund in a profitable business orientation in your country under long time joint venture partnership to enable us entrust the investment in your care and management as soon as it is cleared from the security vault here in Thailand.
(1) I will offer a 15% reasonable percentage from the total fund as a reward for all your help in transferring of the fund to your bank account in your country,or better still commit it into viable Joint venture projects.
(2) I will map out 5% of the total fund to meet up any expences made by both parties during the transaction and 85% will be for our further investment in a lucrative venture we will agree upon in your country under your supervision.
(3) To enable us relocate and settle in your country as soon as the fund is successfully transferred to your account.
(4) To reach a long term partnership agreement to entrust the investment in your management.

For the interest of this transaction do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible
Thanks for your understanding.
Awaiting your urgent response.
Yours Sincerely

Mr hashim Abubakar

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