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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. Jackson" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:18:24 +0200

Dear friend,

Pardon my invading your privacy, I am currently looking for a partnership investment in your country because i intend investing in your country as long as you are able to cooperate and do this business with me. You do not know me but I got your information in our embassy in your country, I only requested for honest and trustworthy person that I will do business with and your name was among the names given, although I didn’t tell them the details of this transaction.

Source of Fund
My name is Mr. Jackson Hall; I work with SUNTRUST BANK (STB) Private and Account Officer to my late client (Late MR. BERND WANDSCHNEIDER a German citizen) who died along with his wife and his two sons and one daughter on a ghastly motor accident over 2 years now August 13, 2009. All the occupants in the vehicle lost their lives. My late client was a successful and accomplished family man, who made enough fortune before his untimely death. Since I was mandated by my bank as his account officer to locate his next of kin or family member as to claim the fund in our bank then I had made several inquiries through your Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relative but this exercise has proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to send email message to you since you are from same country with my late client.

The board of directors of our bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 20 working days or forfeit the money to the bank UNCLAIMED FUND and as you might want to know from my experience as a banker concerning all of such UNCLAIMED funds are shared among the top directors for the personal benefit without the shareholders of the bank knowing about it and such fund are not declared as profit since this is one of the means top directors of banks enrich their selves or make money to become rich/wealthy.

The bank had planned to invoke the abandoned fund decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me. Despairing at the point of exhaustiveness, fortunately I came across your name to my utmost amazement I discovered that you are nationals of the same country. I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client so that you can be paid the funds left in his bank account hence I contacted you. I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you are at an advantage, so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at US$18,515,000.00 (Eightteen Million Five Hundred and Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars) can be paid to you.

We shall both share the funds 50% to me and 50% to you. I shall assemble all the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up our claim and all I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Please get in touch with me by email to enable us discuss further and I can send to you my SUNTRUST BANK staff Identification card and I have more than 20years banking experience as a banker and will not want to dent my name and reputation, be reassure you that this transaction is 100% risk free, once you abide to my directives.

Send me an email with your Full name and telephone if you are interested for further details.

Thank you for your understanding,

Best Regards,
Mr. Jackson

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