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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: Tim Mac <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:09:18 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Dear Good friend.

From The Desk Of Mr Tim Macodona.
Bill and Exchange Manager
Bank atlantique Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire
West Africa .

Dear Friend,
I am (Mr Tim Macodona) the bill and Exchange Manager Bank atlantique (B.A.I).I got your contact from a Yahoo Tourist Search during my searching looking for honest and trusted foreign partner who will stand and put claim as the next of kin to a deceased customer.

In my department after the final account auditing 2005 I discovered an abandoned sum of $16.MUSD (Sixteen million united state dollars). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer Enger,George Brumley Jr who died alongside with all his entire family in a plane crash in Kenya 2003, you can visit this website for more information

The bank have been expecting his next of kin to come down and claim this fund because the fund cannot be release unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed next of kin died alongside with him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claims. It's upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you so that the bank will approved and transfer this fund into any of your private bank account as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this fund to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such fund remained unclaimed after 5 years, if know one come to claims the fund, it will be transferred into the Banking treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this transaction is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner, and a Cote d'Ivoire citizen cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner and this fund cannot be transferred into any local account.I have agreed that 45% of this fund will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, while 5% will be for all the expenses we are going to incurred during the transfer process and 50% will be for me, There after this fund hit your account I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased customer indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted into. Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of application form which you are going to fill and send to the bank for processing of the fund transfer I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

I want you to keep this transaction very confidential/secret hence I will not like anybody in my bank or Cote d'Ivoire to know that I am involve in this transaction for safety and security reason since I am still working in the bank to enable this transfer move smoothly into your account.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

In your reply mail, I want you to give me your full names, address, date of birth, telephone and fax numbers.If you can handle this with me, reach me for more details through this my mail box or you call me on my direct line;+22507248876.

Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation.
Tim Macdona.


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