fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. George Ndu" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 02:12:33 +0100
Subject: Very Urgent Attention

From the deck of International
Relation Access Bank Plc
999c, Danmole St, Off Adeola Odeku/Idejo Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria

Very Urgent Attention,

Please permit me to introduce my humble self to you, I'm Mr. George E.
Ndu, I am the Manager of International Relation with Access Bank of
Nigeria Plc, I'm 49yrs old, and I got your email address on the
America Chambers of Commerce, And my confidence reposed on you. I hope
you read this message Carefully and reply me immediately. Although we
have not met before, but I Suggest that this transaction will bring us

My dear, we have a customer, a foreigner but base here in Nigeria, his
Name is Mr. Hamilton Creek. He is from Atlanta Georgia United States
of America, but base here with his wife and his two children, Mr.
Hamilton Has being banking with our bank for the past 5yrs before his
untimely death., Some time in August 2013, Mr. Hamilton was on his
way to his house, and unfortunately Mr. Hamilton ran into a Trailer
load of Groundnut Oil, and died immediately, Their car got burnt, no
single soul was saved, Mr. Hamilton Creek and His entire family was
confirmed died. My Board Directors and Board Management of Access Bank
has mandated and Instructed me to look for Mr. Hamilton Creek
relation/relatives and his Next of Kin to come and claim Mr.
Hamilton's Fund, Since August 2014 Till date, I have been looking for
Mr. Hamilton Creek relation's and Relatives/Next of Kin to come and
claim Mr. Hamilton's Fund which he Deposited with our bank, I have
contacted his Embassy and after 5days, his Ambassador told me that Mr.
Hamilton Creek has no relation,

As at this moment, nobody or person[s] have come to claim this Money
from our bank. The board directors and management of our bank has Told
me that if nobody or person[s] apply for the claim of Mr. Hamilton's
Fund, the bank will return Mr. Hamilton's Fund into our Federal
Reserve Account. In Light of the above, I want you to stand as the
Relation/relative of Late Mr. Hamilton Creek, I want you to act as the
Mr. Hamilton's relative, so that you will inherit Mr. Hamilton Creek's
Money which he deposited with our bank, it might interest you to know
that Mr. Hamilton has a Domiciliary Bank Account with our Bank and he
has a total sum of US$9.2M Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars,
this is the exact amount which late Mr. Hamilton Creek has in his
domiciliary Account, and this money is still in his account as
unclaimed money.

This transaction is very easy and simple, and it is 100% risk free,
I'm the Manager for International Relations with Access Bank of
Nigeria Plc, the Management and Board Directors of the Bank are
waiting for me to provide to them the Relation or next of Kin to late
Mr. Hamilton Creek, of which I told them that I am still searching the
next of kin to the deceased. Finally, if you are interested with this
transaction, I will front you To the bank as the only next of kin to
late Mr. Hamilton Creek, and I Will let the bank know that you are the
only right person to inherit Late Mr. Hamilton Funds and properties.

If you agree with me, I will Present you to my bank as the rightful
person/next of kin to Late Mr. Hamilton Creek, and all Mr. Hamilton
Creek Properties and his Money US$9.2M Nine Million Two Hundred
Thousand Dollars will be transferred into Your Own Account as Mr.
Hamilton Creek next of kin., if you are interested, Just email me on
my direct, private and secured Email Address (
if you are interested late Mr. Hamilton's Funds will be credited Into
your Account and all his Properties will be released to you either
Through Courier Services or the Bank will Cargo all his properties to
You in any were you want it. So reply me immediately and let me know
What you say, feel free to ask any questions. We will share Late Mr.
Hamilton Creek Funds 50-50; you will take 50% of the US$9.2M. Which
is? US$4.600, 000.00 Four Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars, while
the Balance of the same amount will be mine.

I will be waiting for your Immediate response,

Thanks and have a nice day.

Friendly Regards

Mr. George E. Ndu
N/B: Please reply to my personal mailbox:(

Anti-fraud resources: