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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: "Kasamu T. Turaki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:24:46 +0300

Dear Sir,

In-line with President Muhammad Buhar's effort to stamp-out corruption in Nigeria, the Presidential Advisory Committee was inaugurated and in their effort to discharge their duty, Mr. President was advised to set up a Whistle-Blower Act that gives power to individuals to report any hidden funds by the corrupt past and serving government officials (which includes Presidents/Vice,Governors/Deputy, Ministers, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Senators/legislators, Judges/Justices, Serving/Retired Generals, NNPC Officials and other senior government appointees) and such whistle-blowers has reported funds hidden both in the Bunkers, Private houses, Airports, Cemeteries, Uncompleted buildings, Grave yards,Toilet soakaway, Over-head water tanks and other hidden places and they are given 5/10% of the recovered funds.

So far, this effort has led to the recovery of over $500 Billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and those involved has been arrested and charged to court.

On this note, there is tension in Nigeria among the government officials both retired and serving as more recovery is coming and based on this, a former governor from the South-South region (Oil producing region) has approached me in confidence and informed that he has $39,000,000.00; Euro5,000,000.00 and GBP3,000,000.00 hidden in a secured place. This former governor has instruct me to source/negotiate with any company/individuals overseas to take delivery of this funds for investment, instead of recovery by the EFCC and still be punished and it is on this note that I have decided to contact you to inquire if you can handle this transaction, as it will be better for us to have this funds moved outside Nigeria than the government to recover it and still punish the owner.

This former governor has agreed to give you 30% commission for your effort; 10% to my self as a consultant and the remaining 60% will be invested for him in your country. If you are interested and has agreed to the sharing ratio as stated above, you are hereby advise to forward your banking coordinate, your profile, your address and any form of identity and your account will be credited and I will fly and meet you in your country to formalize and conclude the transaction and we both will smile to the bank. You can contact me either by sms or voice call on: +234-90-7611-3642 or you better send me a email on:

Let me stop here, hoping to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,
Kasamu T. Turaki (Business Consultant)
Tel: +234-90-7611-3642

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