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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: "mrjohnizualo" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:27:55 +0100
Subject: I am Mr.John Izualo(Bsc,Msc,)

Dear Sir,

I am pleased to introduce a business opportunity to you,to transfer to your
overseas account,sum of($10,123.000.00 USD) Ten million one hundred and
twenty three thousand United States Dollars) from one of the UNION TRUST
BANK PLC here in Lagos-Nigeria,I urgently want to know soonest you,If you
are not capable to handle and acomodate this magnitude of funds untill i
resign and come over to join for an investment in your country,tell me so
that i can quietly look for another reliable and honest
individual/organisation that would be capable and fit enough to provide
either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to
receive this funds,even and empty a/c can serve to receive this funds,as
long as you will remain honest to me till we actualise this
interest,believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr.John Izualo(Bsc,Msc,)the Auditoress General of one of the UNION
TRUST BANK PLC here in Lagos-Nigeria west Africa,during the course of our
auditing,I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the our bank
since 1996 and till date no body has operated on this account again,after
going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of
the account died long ago in a plane crash along with his family without
leaving a[Heir/WILL]hence the funds is floating and if I do not remit this
money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.The owner of this
account is late Engr.Joachim Jochen Axel a foreigner before his death, he
was a management consultant and he died since 1992. No other person knows
about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that until his sudden
death he was a management consultant.

Since I hardly know any foreigner,I am only ontacting you as a foreigner tp
stand and apply as his next of kin because this money can not be approved to
a local person here as his next of kin, without valid international foreign
passport,but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international
passport or drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is in US
dollars and the former owner of the a/c is a foreigner too,and the money can
only be approved into a
foreign a/c.

I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management
is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct
information of this account,which I will give to you upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
strategies in which we are going to apply in other to place your name in the
account owner's file as the next of kin . I need your strong assurance that
you will never,never let me down.With my influence and my position in the
bank the bank official can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable
account that you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact
pending on my physical arrival in your country for sharing.

The bank official Wile destroy all documents of transaction immediately we
receive this money leaving no trace to any place and to build confidence you
can call me for heart to heart discussion through my private satellite phone
which I secured for the security! and safety of this business as you know
that this business is confidential.

At the conclusion of this business,you will be given 35% of the total
amount,60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might
have incurred during the process of transferring.

I look forward to your earliest reply through my private email Address:(<>)
for our security reason.

Yours truly,
Mr.John Izualo

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