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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: "DANNY WUSHE" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:42:01 +0100
Subject: Your assistance is highly needed.

*From Dr.Danny Wushe,
The Branch Manager
Eco Bank Ghana Ltd,
First Light Branch

My Dear Friend,

How are you today ? I hope you are doing fine? if so thanks be to ALMIGHTY
GOD, who gave us life. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is
Dr.Danny Wushe, I am a branch manager in Eco Bank of Ghana Limited, First
Light branch Accra. I am a Ghanaian married, but my wife died nine months
ago,she left me with two kids.

However I am writing to request for your honest assistance to help me
receive the sum of US$7,750.000.00 (seven million,seven hundred and
fifty)million Dollar into your private bank account. This fund was what I
discovered in my branch as operational profit last year as a result of my
hard work and commitment to service last year. I have already submitted an
approved 2007 end of the Year financial report to my Head Office here in
Accra Ghana. However this amount that I want you to receive for me is an
excess fund in my own branch of the bank and my senior directors do not know
anything about this excess fund in my branch. Since then,I placed this money
USD$7,750.000.00),on a SUSPENSE ACCOUNT that is not reactivated, dormant
account without any beneficiary for now.

As a branch manager I cannot be directly connected to this money, this is
the reason why I want your assistance to receive this money into your bank
account. However if you can come to Ghana it will also help us, then I will
direct you on how to claim the money here and take your share and I will
take my share. I intend to part 40% of this fund to you while 57% shall be
for me,and percent(3%) shall be for expenses like you coming or any other
thing that comes up, I also want you to know that there is no single risk
involved in this business. It is going to be a bank-to-bank transfer to your
nominated bank account anywhere you feel safer in this world, this is if you
can not come to Ghana, but if you wish to come I will provide visa for you
to come.All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this
fund. If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response. Also
you can forward your private phone number for speedy relation on this

Remember l am still working in this bank, your confidentiality is needed in
this transaction.Please trust and honest is the watchword of this our
transaction.Reply me back to this email<>

Thanks and best regards,
Dr.Danny Wushe.*

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