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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: Mr John Thomas <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 07:47:26 +0000
Subject: Best regards!

Best regards!

This mail may be a surprise to you because you did not give me the
permission to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you
about myself I want you to please forgive me for sending this mail
without your permission.I know there may be scams and junk mails on
the internet but certainly, this is not one. I am writing this letter
in confidence believing that if it is the will of God for you to help
me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly. I
need an honest and trustworthy person like you to entrust this huge
transfer project unto.

My name is Mr John Thomas Kofi, The Branch Manager of a Financial
Institution. I got your contact through a reliable source called
database through Ghana chamber of commerce. I am writing to solicit
your assistance in the transfer of US$12,500,000.00 Dollars. This fund
is the excess of what my branch in which I am the manager made as
profit last year (i.e. 2021 financial year). I have already submitted
an annual report for that year on 24th December to my head office in
Accra-Ghana as I have watched with keen interest as they will never
know of this excess of the fund. I have since placed this amount of
US$14,500,000.00 Dollars on an Escrow Coded account without a
beneficiary (Anonymous) to avoid trace.

As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this
money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive
this money into your bank account on my behalf. I agree that 40% of
this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the
provision of a foreign account, and 60% would be for me. I do need to
stress that there is practically no risk involved in this. It's going
to be a bank-to-bank transfer OR E-online transfer. All I need from
you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund so that the
fund can be transferred to your account.

If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response to
me. This is why and only reason why I contacted you, I am willing to
go into partnership investment with you owing to your wealth of
experience, so please if you are interested to assist on this venture
kindly contact me back for a brief discussion on how to proceed.

Best regards,
Mr John Thomas

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