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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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Fraud email example:

From: =?iso-8859-1?q?wilson=20kamba?= <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 15:41:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: orphanage

From From Wilson K amba
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.


Dear respectiful one,


Sir i am contact you personaly today with sorrow/tears for your help.
so please Permit me to brief you.
I am Wilson K amba The first Son of late Mr and Mrs
Jeremy Kamba manchant who based in REPUBLIC of ACCRA GHANA and ABIDJAN respectively, The economic capital of IVORY COAST.
So My Dady was poisoned to death by his business associate on one of their business trip, moreover my mother first died on the 21ST october 1994 , For that My father took me so specail because I am motherless.

Mean while Before the death of my father on the 29th November
2002 in a private hospital in Acra Ghana, Before my Daddy died, He sincerely called me on his sick bed side and told me that he had a sum of 13, 500.000, US DOLLARS (THIRTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USA DOLLARS)THAT he Deposited in a security company confidentialy in ABIDJAN the capital of IVORY COAST. that in case he did not survived, that i should look for a someone from overseas to contact come down to help me moreover use the person name as his partner and the owner of the money for my security and the money also to stop the security company not to investigating the content of the Box and to avoid coniscated or loosing.

my Daddy also told that he arranged the money in one Big box and deposited it, that he did not tell the security company the really content, that he register the Box with the company as a family treasure, and belongs to him and his partner, that he did that for the security of the money,
that i must use the person name, to aneble the person to help me withdraw the money and move with the person to his country to take care of me and the money in his country, and to continue my school.

so i am here now and i hava contact the security company Dirctor for me to confirm that the consignment was still with them, And the Director says yas, that they were since expecting my late fathers partner over the claim of the consignment,

Please I am a BOY of (22)yrs, and i will be happy if you can help me and tell me open heartly your commission out of the total for helping me.

So if you can help me, I believe that this transaction
would be concluded within 14weeks pending on you,from the day you
signify interest to assist me.
Awaiting to hear from you soonest.
Please reach me through the E-mail address above.
Thanks and God bless you as you for your anticipated
coperation. and God bless you.
Best Regards,
From Wilson K amba

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