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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: "Dr.Umar Bashir" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:49:39 +0100
Subject: Re:

No: 15 Allen Avenue
Ikeja ,Lagos.
Dear Friend
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise.This
isbecause we have not met before but I am inspired to sending you this
email following the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual
benefit to the two of us.
However, I am Dr. Umar Bashir Attorney to the late Engr.Ronald
Johnson, a national of Northern American, who used to work with Shell Petroleum
Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria . On the 11th of November,2008. My
client,his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident
along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road. Unfortunately they all lost their lives
in the event of the accident, Since then I have made several inquiries to
several Embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this
has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail,
hence I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left
behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal practice that
you are the only surviving relation of my client. Otherwise the Estate he
left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where
this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had
an account valued at about $15 million U.S dollars(Fifteen million
Consequently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or
have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since
I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over several years
now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the
deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15million U.S dollars can be
paid to your account and then you and me can share the money. 55% to me
and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may
require. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
deal through and also forward the following to me:
Your Full Name:
Your House Address:
Your Tele-phone And Fax No:
Your Age and Gender :
Your Nationality:
Your Occupation:
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me
VIA this my confidential email
Yours Faithfully,
Barr.Umar Bashir Umar. { SAN }

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