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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:

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:39:14 +0100

QATAR PETROLEUM P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar. Website: Assalamu=
alaikum. Greetings from Doha, Qatar, my name is *Waheed Ahmed* and I am th=
e Head of Finance and Accounts department of Qatar Petroleum and I understa=
nd how fund is being moved in and out of our company. Before I proceed to c=
ontacted you, I prayed to Allah to guide and direct me to an honest and tru=
stworthy man or group of individual that can assist me in this business dea=
l. Having said that, I will like to tell you more about the said fund in qu=
estion. First and foremost, l had to be honest with you because this projec=
t required a whole lot of trust. be rest assured that this transaction is v=
ery transparent and 100% risk free. As the man in the helm of affairs in th=
e Finance and Account Department of Qatar petroleum, my duty is to pay Cont=
ractors.I have implicit confidence in Allah, who has guided/directed me to =
you, and trust in your ability to partner with me, confidentially in this b=
usiness deal, for mutual disbursement or to invest wisely for profit orient=
ed venture, when the fund is transferred to you. Having said the above, my =
dear friend, I will not hesitate in telling you more details and the source=
of the fund. Actually, this US$100 Million was acquired from an over invoi=
ced contracts that was executed by foreign contractors here in my company, =
Qatar Petroleum, and the Contracts has been perfectly executed and the orig=
inal contractors, and their contract sums fully paid, and the over invoiced=
still in the vault of Qatar Petroleum, I need your assistance to move this=
over invoiced fund into any of your account, as I am going to present you =
as a contractor that has not been paid of this over invoiced sum. To achiev=
e this, we will first register your name/company as Category 'A' Contractor=
with the Qatar Petroleum and use the registration certificate to procure a=
ll the necessary contract documents (Contract Award and Completion Certific=
ates) which shall be submitted to my office for approval and payment. We ar=
e going to follow all due process to achieve this goal (Documentations) and=
you will appreciate it as we progress. Thereafter the documentations, I wi=
ll approve and order for immediate payment and transfer of the fund into yo=
ur designated bank account through any of our bank account either here in Q=
atar or Abroad. Thus, I will want you to send the following information to =
me for the documentation at the Qatar Financial Center.Your company name or=
the name you would want to be used as the company that executed the contra=
ct with Qatar petroleum that has not been paid by Qatar Petroleum. While I =
wait for your prompt and urgent reply with any of your ID. I will register =
your name or company name as a contractor with the QP to secure every contr=
act documents that will empower you to receive the fund as a contract payme=
nt. I have a powerful Attorney here that will handle the documentations. Me=
anwhile, I have decided to remit the funds with the idea that we can have a=
deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally. My conditions are: 1. Th=
e sum of US$100M will be transfer to your Account. 2. This deal must be kep=
t secret forever and all correspondence will be strictly by email for secur=
ity purposes. 3. There should be no third part in this Deal. I will forward=
copies of my international passport, upon the receipt of your response. I =
will give you more details upon the receipt of your affirmative response. Y=
ou can call or send an SMS on +97477364020. Waheed Ahmed Waiting for your u=
rgent response to email address: Waheed Ahmed Fi=
nance and Account Department Qatar Petroleum

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