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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: louis johnson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 03:13:16 +0100

NATWEST BANK PLC,BUSTON COURT ROAD,LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM.Greetings,I would not have used this medium (Internet) but I chose to reach you through it because it is the fastest,surest and most secured medium of communication. However,this correspondence is un-official and private,and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of. I am MR LOUIS JOHNSON Financial Officer of NATWEST BANK PLC,LONDON. I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this transaction.The Management and the Legal department of our bank in a recent meeting,Recommended that the account of WAI-CHING CHUNG, who was one of my branch depositor, should be declared Dormant,confisticated and the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury according to UK Banking and financial law. He died in world trade centre as a victims of the september 11,2001.Incident that befall the United State of America,the bank has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives to claim this money but without success, you can confirm through this site: WAI-CHING CHUNG is an account holder in my branch, he owns a dollar account with the sum of US$20M ( Twenty Million United States Dollars Only)deposited in a Secret account with with my branch .In fact, since his death,no next of kin of the Dollar account holder(the brother) nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim this because he has the account as a secret account thus he left all the documents for the deposit with me.This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in. I want you to come in as the relation of the deceased, I will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the application and then effect the approvals for the transfer of the money, I will be the one to provide the vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it.Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home Address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction.We will use our positions to get all internal documentations to back up the claims.Do not be bothered that you are not related in any way to him as I am in position to afix your name as the next of kin.The whole Procedures will last only 7 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully without trace even in future. After the transfer of the money we shall share the money 60-40.that is I will have 60% while you will have 40%.I await your urgent response .Yours Truely.MR LOUIS JOHNSON,
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