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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:53:12 -0000

Greetings from Ghana Kotoka International Airport. We are glad to informed you that on 05/02/2014. we found a trunk box of consignment on board with south African airways after the arrival of the aircraft in Kotoka International Airport Ghana. The name of the passenger on board with the luggage in south African airline was diplomat Stephen Ushe and he was arrested upon his arrival in Kotoka International Airport Ghana at terminal A25 custom checking point after he was found quilt of using false diplomat International Passport to disguise as UN Official diplomat. also attempt to run away with two trunk boxes of consignment and after much investigation we discover that the consignment belong to you which the diplomatic was attempt to run away with before he was arrested. Perhaps, he has been detain in Fraud office Ghana and papering his way to face the law court for committed such act.
Delivery Arrangement of your consignment to you as the rightful beneficiary have been granted by the airport authority and I have been mandated to dispatch your luggage by the Airport commander.
Therefore kindly provide us your delivery house address including copy of your I'D and phone number to enable us prepare for the shipment to your home in your country without delay which shall be use to purchase for British airline company to book your consignment in flight and deliver to you without any difficulty. I have managed to deliver almost 100 consignment across the globe and the beneficiary appreciate my good work done so yours would not be an exceptional case.
Get back to us without delay.
Ghana Kotoka International Airport Authority Your Safety if our Priority!!
Name: Dr. Musa Ibrahim.
Title: Aviation Custom Officer Kotoka Inter Airport.
Office Address:
Ghana Civil Aviation Authority
Private Mail Bag
Kotoka International Airport
Accra Ghana.
House Address: 37 cantonments block 5 Accra Ghana.
Thanks for your Co-operation
Dr. Musa Ibrahim

Anti-fraud resources: