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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: "Bala Musa" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 01:28:30 +0100
Subject: Attn: Friend, Your Inheritance.


Dear Friend,

I am highly esteemed, to write you this very urgent letter I am Barrister
Bala Musa, a Solicitor and Personal Attorney to (Peterson), a national of
your country, who before his death was an oil merchant who works in Nigeria
Liquefied Natural Gas Company {NLNG}. On the 21st April 1997, my client his
wife and their only kid were involved In a car accident along Lagos Abuja
Express Road.Three of them unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I as
the Personal Attorney of the deceased had made several inquiries to your
embassy to locate any of my clients extended relative but this has proved

After several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives through
the Internet, to locate any member of his family but to no avail,hence I
contact you.I have dicided to contact you to assist in repatriating the
money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge Deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the Deceased had an Account valued at about
$10,5M {Ten Million five hundred thousand United States Dollars} as at last
two months assessment.

The Bank has issued me a notice as the Attorney to the Deceased to provide
the Next of Kin or have the Account confiscated within the Next 21 official
working days since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for
over the years that I have been searching. On this order,I seek your consent
to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you bear the same
surname,as the bank is ready to listen to you provided you have the correct
Information of the Account,which i will give to you immediately you agreed
to assist me,so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at
$10,5Million Dollars can be paid out in your favour.

All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this
deal through.I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a
legitimate banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of
law.I have agreed to give you 40% for your assistance, while 60% will be for
me.All I requires is your onest, cooperation your private telephone, fax
number and your address to enable us seeing this deal through.I guarantee
that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you and me from any breach of the law.

Please, E-mail me here:

Best Regards,

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