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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: "FROM: Bryan Lukas" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 09:40:14 +0200
Subject: FROM: Bryan Lukas Reply to this E-Mail: (

FROM: Bryan Lukas
TEL: +27-607-210-964

Dear friend,

I want to use this opportunity to thank you in advance for responding
to my business proposal. I know this might come as a surprise to you
considering the amount of junk emails we all receive on a daily basis.
I can assure you that I am not one of them; I would appreciate if the
content of this email is kept strictly confidential.

I have decided to contact you first via business proposal due to the
confidentiality of the transaction.

A brief introduction about me, I am Mr. Bryan Lukas, a bank manager
with Thuma Mina Finance House, South Africa. I have worked here for a
little more than 20 years. I am contacting you concerning an abandoned
account in the sum of over £91.5 Million United State Dollars.

I was the account manager to late Mr. Brad Jorge Reid, a foreign
contractor to the department of works and housing who has an
investment account with my finance house. Late Mr. Brad Jorge Reid
died without any named beneficiary to the account. According to
practice, the Private finance institution sector will by the end of
2021 broadcast a request for statement of claim to my finance house,
failing to receive viable claims they will probably revert the deposit
to the ownership of the South Africa Government Treasury according to
South Africa Banking and financial law.

I am proposing that after a successful execution of the business deal,
the funds will be shared in the ratio of 50/50. You will get 50% and I
will be entitled to 50%. You know that I must have done my home work
already before contacting you. Although the project is CAPITAL
INTENSIVE, I know I will be able to pull it through following proper
banking and legal Channels with your assistance at your end by
standing as the next of kin/Business associate to late Mr. Brad Jorge
Reid. This claim will be executed without breaching any South Africa
laws and success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this.

The finance house will release the account to you as the business
associate/next of kin and my recommendation of you as the business
associate to the deceased. An opportunity like this only comes once in
a lifetime. I need to take care of myself and family in the future and
this is an opportunity for me to give myself and my future family the

I would want you to think about this and let me know your decision
because such deal happens in the finance and banking industry but only
the outside world is not aware. If you give me a positive response, I
will give you the relevant INFORMATION for the successful completion
of this deal and we both enjoy it in peace.

All I require from you is honesty/sincerity; I guarantee that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law of Republic of South Africa. If you give me
positive signals, I will initiate this process towards
a conclusion.


Bryan Lukas.

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