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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.Ken Obiorah." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <drkenobiora@yahoo.xxxm>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2022 03:26:57 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal ...

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Federal capital territory Office.
xxxmplex block A,area 11
P.M.B.135 Garki Abuja.Fct
Dear Good Friend
I am Dr.Ken Obiorah, a Chartered acxxxuntant by profession working with the Federal  Ministry Of Agriculture in Nigeria. Perhaps you might be wondering why you have received this mail, but I can assure you that at the end, we both will be having discussion as to whatever profitable business(es) we should invest our respective share(s) in. I was assigned by two of my xxxlleagues to seek for a foreign partner who will assist us in providing a xxxnvenient foreign acxxxunt in any designated bank abroad for a transfer of US$52,750,000.00 pending on our arrival in your xxxuntry for utilization and disbursement with the owner of the acxxxunt.
This amount results from a deliberate inflation of the value of a xxxntract awarded by our Ministry (The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, F.M.A) to an expatriate xxxmpany who supplied Agricultural equipment to the Ministry. The xxxntract has been executed and payment made to the ORIGINAL xxxntractor, remaining the over-invoiced amount of US$52,750,000.00.which we want to transfer the fund out of the xxxuntry for disbursement among ourselves (i.e You being the foreign xxxunterpart, I and my other two xxxlleagues). The transfer of this money can only be possible with your help being a foreigner who will be presented as the beneficiary of the fund.
As Civil servants, we are not allowed to operate foreign acxxxunts, and this is the reason why I decided to xxxntact you. We have agreed that if you/your xxxmpany can act as the beneficiary of this fund (US$52,750,000.00 million), 15% of the total sum will be for you for assisting us from start to finish in this venture while 85% will be reserved for us.
We hereby solicit for your assistance in providing your xxxnvenient banking xxxordinate in a designated bank in your xxxuntry where this fund would be transferred. We intend xxxming over on the xxxmpletion of this transfer to secure our own share of the money.
Please note that we have been careful and have made all arrangements towards the success and smooth transfer of the fund to your acxxxunt before I xxxntacted you. For security reasons and xxxnfidentiality of this transaction, we demand that you should not expose this proposal and the entire transaction to anybody.
We are putting so much trust in you with the hope that you would not betray us or sit on this money when it is finally transferred into your acxxxunt. Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free. If this proposal is acceptable by you, indicate your interest by sending your response via an email to me including your working cellphone number.
Note that the particular nature of your xxxmpany's business is not necessary needed for this transaction. if this transaction interests you, your urgent response will be appreciated.
In addition, there are some faceless beings in my xxxuntry that are making use of top government official names to swindle money from innocent citizens around the globe and that includes my name. You can xxxnfirm by searching the name of our Central Bank of Nigeria Governor in person of Godwin Emefiele; you will see that his name is part of the scam list meanwhile we are innocent officials xxxmpletely unaware of the situation happening of which after utilizing their names and profile, they will have uploaded on the internet in order to ruin their reputation making the citizens believe that the officials are xxxrrupt.
Yours faithfully,
Dr.Ken Obiorah.
Private E:mail:drkenobiorah@gmail.xxxm
My Cellphone:+234-902-267-2074

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