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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: Ronald Santo <>
Date: 30 Nov 2021 20:00:02 -0800
Subject: Re: Trust

2422 montarville st Longueuil City Quebec Canada h4e 4j9
Our Ref: SIB1000732985761
Tell: +1 (469) 278-6357
Logistics Unit,
Our Ref: SIB1000732985761.
Logistics Unit,
Ref: SIB1000732985761

My name is Barrister Ronald A. Santo a Brazilian citizen based in Canada. I am the Personal Attorney to late Mr. Morris Thompson an American citizen who served as a Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1973 to 1976 in the United States and a business man before his death. He died while returning from vacation with his wife and only daughter in an air crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which was a scheduled international passenger flight on January 31, 2000 from Lic. Gustavo Daz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, with an intermediate stop at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco California.

Before then, Mr. Morris Thompson an old business man made a fixed deposit, worth the sum of $20,000,000.00 US Dollars (Twenty Million United States Dollars) with  “DORTHVILLE CITY BANK OF CANADA through FEDERAL CREDIT UNION” and upon maturity in the year 2008 several notice was sent to reach any of his family members, but there were no response up till date and no one has been able to identify or be reached as a relative to late Mr. Morris Thompson who die with his wife Thelma and only daughter Sheryl who happened to be the next of kin and beneficiary to his estate.

One of the reason why I contacted you is, according to the present law in Canada, by the end of this year 2018, being his personal attorney, if am unable to provide his next of kin and beneficiary of this fund this worth the sum of $20,000,000.00 US Dollars plus the accrued interest for this period of 20 years, the fund will be reverted to the Federal Government Treasury Account.

Against this backdrop, I needed a foreigner to assist me in getting this fund out from the Bank Account because due to bad Leaders/Government this fund will not be utilised but will be diverted into personal account of famous and top political officers in the country rather than using it for proper investment that will promote economic growth and development in the country or rather for charity works.

So please I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to my late client Mr. Thompson so that you will be able to receive these funds for both of us for investment and other related charity reasons. WHAT IS TO BE DONE IS AS FOLLOWS;

You will have to provide me with the below information and attached a copy of your identification while replying this email;


[1] NAME:
[3] AGE:
[4] SEX:
[6] FAX:

Also be informed that this Transaction will take us just 5-10 working days only to be accomplished beginning from when I receive the above information from you.

I will file an application to the Bank on your behalf once I received your information and also secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the movement of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. This process is 100% risk free as I have set out all the modalities to see that a legal and legitimate process is applied.

Please note that utmost secrecy and confidentiality is required at all times during this transaction.

I will be giving you more details on the receipt of your information as required above to the following email address ( )

Your earliest response to this offer will be appreciated so that I can tell you more of this transaction.


Best Regards
Barrister Ronald A. Santo

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