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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: "Mr George Kingsby" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 08:06:48 -0800

George Kingsby, Mr.
Head, Internal Control & Audit
Zenith Bank (Gh) Limited
Premier Towers, Opposite Pension House,
Liberia Road, Accra Ghana.
Dear Friend,
I cleave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this letter. It was borne out of my recent discovery during internal auditing for this month of December 2011 and my passion and dream for a foreign investment. I am therefore, soliciting your partnership based on your dignified status and competency.
I write, asking for your consent and approval in re-profiling funds, which I want to keep under your supervision and management pending when able.
The Fund is Forty-Nine Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$49.7M) only. I am contacting you as a foreigner; believing strongly on your capability to handle transaction this magnitude as the fund cannot be approved to a local Bank here in Ghana, because the fund is in US Dollars. The owner of this account was late MR. WILLIAM BARNES, an American, and he died since 31st Oct 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 along with his immediate family members and all other passengers on board. For your referral, see: Transfer can be made into your nominated bank account once or in two to three installments, if we may have a deal!
Since it is in my power to do as the Head, Internal Control & Audit Manager of this financial hub, I want to present you formally to my bank as the legal and nominated next of kin to our late client so that his estate abandoned with us can be released to you. This proposed deal is strictly between you and me. I do not want to be greedy or selfish over the splitting ratio of the dividend as I see and term this opportunity as "a divine providence". Therefore, I propose to relinquish 40% of the entire fund to you at the successful end of the deal for your speedy attention, part-partnership, confidentiality and sincerity of purpose while I will be entitled to 60% as the initiator and master-minder of this uncommon project.
Considering your position in the society and that of mine as a senior bank staff, I have arranged the logical conclusion of this transaction in a way that our collective integrity will be protected from any trace or breach of law as I intend destroying the transfer disc immediately after transfer is made.
If I may have your confidence to partner with me to successfully achieve this life-time project, please reply with the reconfirmation of your name, address, phone and fax numbers for further details and its earliest commencement. Do not hesitate to ask me any question you may have as regards to this. Should your conscience permits you not to partner with me, be advised to destroy this letter and do not use any part of the information contained therein against me or my good office.
As a seal of interest, please call me for brief voice information as soon as you receive and send me reply to this letter.
Thank you and God Bless.
In Sincere Partnership,
Mr George Kingsby

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