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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:

Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 15:09:35 +0200


Attn: Sir,

My name is Mr larry scott, chairman of contract award and monitoring committee
of the ministry of industry and international trade development ,my duty
as empowered by the Mauritius government is to provide the basic amenities,
social recreational activities in urban and rural areas.

This program includes assistance to deprived local communities and to co-ordinate
projects and development at the national level, furthermore, from this projects
we have been able to secured some Reasonable amount of US$21.8 (twenty one
million, eight hundred thousand US. dollars only) as commission from various
contractors resulting from over invoicing,hence all the necessary approvals
has been completed.

These approved fundS was packaged and dispatched through a security company
for onward delivery to its Destination in Europe. These fundS was first
deposited into a security vault before we arrange for its movement to Europe
through diplomatic channel using decoy purportingthat the fund belongs to
an expatriate/company. As we are government officials, we are not allowed
to operate foreign bank account.

Hence we need you to stand as the beneficiary and claim the fund on our
behalf from the security company.

Presently I am now in Europe to search for a reliable person/company of
high integrity /dignity and one with conscience who will claim this fund
on our behalf as the beneficiary , and we have agreed to give you 25% of
the total sum as commission for your Assistance/effort and 5% will be used
to settle every expenses incurred, we will use 70%to invest under your
recommendation and guide and go into joint venture business with you . I
would greatly appreciate your assistance .

I look forward to your response as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Mr Larry Scott.

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