fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. G. Truett Tate." <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:31:47 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello.

Good Day,

Do not be mystified with this letter, as it might come to you as a surprise, but ask you to give due consideration to it and immense benefit will be of both families. But if the proposal does not meet your personal desired and plans, kindly accept my sincere apology.

First of all, my name is Mr. G. Truett Tate. Group Executive Director Lloyds Banking Group Plc, United Kingdom.

During our previous records auditing, I discovered a dormant account with holding balance of £52,000,000.00 {fifty two million British Pounds Sterling}.

The owner of the said account is Late Mr. John Shumejda, who died with out an [heir].

Late Mr. John Shumejda, died with out an [heir] because he terminated the wife’s name as the Next of Kin to the account, in 16/4/1999, after his marriage separation ( Divorce), as a result, he died without an [heir, you can as well call it inheritor or next of kin]

Late John Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash. For more details visit:

I am the account officer to Late Mr. John, and I have tried all I can to locate any of his family member but all my efforts was fruitless.

The account has been dormant for several years, and in accordance with our laws and policy, the account will be confiscated if the bank did not hear from any coming for the claim of the fund before our next auditing.

I contacting you to stand as the NEXT OF KIN, to the account, and I will be here in the bank to work on your behalf, to enable me re-profile the account documents and transfer the total fund into your safe account.

If you agree to partner with me in this deal, you stand a chance to benefit 50% from the total amount and 50% will for me.

I decided to transfer this money into a safe account to avoid diverted to the British Treasury, in accordance with the law imposed by the British Prime Minister, which stated that all funds held in dormant accounts would be used to fund youth and community projects. For more information about laws on dormant accounts here in England visit:

With my position in the bank, I assure you that this business will work out very successfully, and like I said you will be rewarded 50% of the total amount, at the conclusion of the transfer, while 50% for me. If you are interested, kindly get back to me as soon as possible for more plans.

Warmest regards.
Mr. G. Truett Tate.

Anti-fraud resources: