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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 11:27:31 +0000

From: Mr Daniel Kwame Doh-ehiekpor,
Address: 11 Tsito Volta -Region Accra-Ghana
Phone: 00233275882476

Dear Friend,
It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship; thus build a cordial relationship which is devoted on trust.
I write you now for us to build a cordial relationship; which is devoted on trust and mutual benefit.
Thus, relying on you as this gesture will foster a front for me to develop real estate business in your country under your assistance.

My name is mr Daniel Kwame Dohehiekpor,I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the Regional Manager of the Barclays Bank Plc ghana. it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year .

On the course of last year end of year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made an excess profit of Three million united states dollars [US$3,000 .000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware. I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money, this is why I'm contacting you for us to work so that you can assist and receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. I will offer you 1% of the total amount for your assistance.

Note that there are practically no risks involved in this transaction , it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with My branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.

Do not make undue the advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, and I assure you we can achieve it successfully.

I will at this point request that you forward your identification reference to me to further declare and prove your honest willing to partner with me in making sure that we achieve our goal to a successful end, It is more important and needful to have your full identity hence I will be trusting this opportunity that has to do with huge amount because I need to know you more and be rest assured that you will remain trusthworthy and will not betray me when the business is under your custody.
And for more details call on my Number 00233275882476 for more details. Thanks for your co-operation, also give me your:

1) your international passport copy Or Driver's License via email attachment
2) telephone /mobile number
3) fax number
4) your occupation in brief
5) residential address
6) sex
7) age
8) your bank details

Thanks yours faithfully,
Mr Daniel Kwame Doh-Ehiekpor

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