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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: Dubem Chibuike <>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:10:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Confirm this development.

Federal Ministry of Finance
Finance House, Federal Secretariat
Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria.

>From the Desk of:
Mr.Dubem Chibuike Williams.
Director Audit and Debt
Phone:+234 812 268 7882.
Attn: Beneficiary,

I hope this email meets you in alive and in good health.

Be informed that we have in our custody a deed of assignment presented to us by one MRS. CAROL BECKY,  WATERTOWN, WI 53094, USA, in the content of the deed of assignment was a claim that you are deceased, the deed of assignment came with an affidavit from a federal high court which is meant to back up the claim that you signed to him the right to claim your outstanding contract/inheritance money from the government of Nigeria . we have verified his claim and processed the release of your money to him before the dissolution of the Federal executive council by the acting president Dr. Jonathan Goodluck few weeks ago, upon the constitution of a new cabinet the case was revisited as one of the cases marked for quick resolution in fulfilment of the promise made to the president of American Mr. Barack Obama by the president of Nigeria during his four days visit to America few days ago. It may be of interest to you to know that during the visit of Nigeria
acting president to America last week he made some promises to him one of which is to make sure that all privet and cooperate debts are resolves asap.

In the course of re verification of the claim by MRS. CAROL BECKY,  WATERTOWN, WI 53094, USA the new minister of finance insisted that we send an email to your known last email address so that if after five days we do not get any reply from you then it will be correct both legally and morally to release the money to Mr. Malone based on the deed of assignment he presented to us. Though in the affidavit of change of fund ownership he claimed that you died of prostate cancer we decided to send this email because we do not have your medical record to know if you have any trace of the illness in your record.
If after five days we do not hear from you we will consider it true that you are dead, we will release the card to him without any delay, if you read this email then it means he is not saying the truth the in your reply do not forget to reconfirm the information listed below:
Your Names:
Your Home/Office Address:
Your Phone #:
Your present Occupation:
Your Age/Sex:
Your next of Kin.
Prove of identification.
Best Regards,
Mr. Dubem Chibuike Williams.

This communication links contained herein, is for the sole use of the intended recipient and may contain information that is confidential and legally protected, please do not respond if you are not the intended recipient mentioned above and do not transmit the content of this email to a third party.


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