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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:

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:41:29 +0100

*Dear Friend,*

*I am MR MATHEW ODILIKA, Auditor, with Accounting Department,Ecobank here in
Cotonou, Benin Republic. I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office
that will be of immense benefit to both of us.I have decided to contact you
purely on the personal conviction of trust and confidence that we can
co-operate with one another and do a very lucrative business for our mutual

*The Business I am proposing to you is in respect of the sum of US$18,170,
000.00(Eighteen Million One Hundred and Seventy Thousand United States
Dollars Only) deposited in a Dollar account with my bank which belonged to
Late JOYCE LAKE an American who unfortunately lost her life in the plane
crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31st 2000,
including her husband . You shall read more about the crash on visiting this


*My bank has made several efforts in contacting the family of Late JOYCE
LAKE or her relatives, but all effort have proved abortive as she had no
identifiable kin's men.This sum of US$18.170M has remained unclaimed ever
since then and nobody has come forward as her next of kin. The management
under the influence of our chairman and member of the board of directors has
made an arrangement for the fund to be declared UNCLAIMABLE' and
subsequently be turned to the reserve account of the bank.*

*It is against the background of the foregoing,that i have decided to
contact you for assistance and partnership, for you to stand as the next of
kin to Late JOYCE LAKE. Because the banking law and guidelines here
stipulates that such money remained after eight years, the money will be
tran sferred into ban ki ng treasury as unclaimed funds.With your permission
this fund will be transferred to your private account abroad as the
beneficiary and next of ki n to Late JOYCE LAKE .*

*All proof of claim and necessary documentation will be carefully worked out
in your favour and i assure you of 100% risk free involvement and
protection. Consequently, if you find this proposal acceptable to you and
you wish to assist me, I expect your urgent response and upon receipt of
that ,we shall discuss and agree on the disbursement and sharing ratio.*

*Let me therefore expect your very urgent response through my phone,Please
endeavour to include your full name and address, private phone and fax
number for our easy communication .Please keep our dealings very private and

*As I await your urgent response. Please kindly re ply to this letter and as
well state your wish in this deal .*

*Thank you and best regards.*

*Yours Faithfully,*

Tel:+229 95792166.*

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