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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: "Kennedy Bungane" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 04:25:36 +0200
Subject: To Your Kind Attention

Dear Sir,

My name is Kennedy Bungane, a business banker with HSBC Private Banking
in United Kingdom. I am contacting for a mutual and lucrative transaction. Please be informed that this communication is written on my personal capacity to you and does not in any way involve my official duty in the Bank. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication.

The Transaction Summary:
I have the privilege of being the personal banker and account officer to Mr. WOOD PHILIP of United States of American. Mr. WOOD holds an investment account with our branch and I was his account officer at the HSBC. His portfolio with our institution amounts to the total sum of 47 million Dollars.

Mr. WOOD visited our office on the 11th of February 2014 and made a request/singed for onward transfer the sum of 15 Million Dollars destined for Shoaxing, China. The Fund has been approved and ready for onward transfer to China just before we heard of the, tragedy that struck Flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines on March 8, 2014 of which Mr. Wood was one of the passengers.

If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually
prefer anonymity. Private banking clients usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; Mr. WOOD died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you to work with me to stand as a next of kin to the approved fund which no body is aware of except me.
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. I am prepared to instruct the security firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you 50/50. You do not have to have known Mr. Wood to venture into this transaction. I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this.

In the banking circle this happens every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state. Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the KEY to these funds, and from my years as a banker, we see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily.
Please, again, note this transaction mail should be kept with highest confidentiality. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold.

This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please get back to me as soon as possible through my private telephone line: +27791148588 email: ( for further details.

Best regards.

Kennedy Bungane.

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