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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: "Robert Slaiter" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:25:42 +0000
Subject: Dearly Beloved

Robert Slaiter & Associates
Barr.Robert Slaiter (Esq)
Fax: +44 870 1311148
Email account: or

Dearly Beloved,

It is with Heavy Heart i am reaching you regarding the death of my late
client. I am Barrister Robert Slaiter,the legal adviser to late MR. MIKE &
CAROL HALL, a very Wealthy Couple that lived here in the United Kingdom,
before their recent Death on the 26th of December during the Tsunami
disaster last year (2004). these couple served
God as very edicated Christians, they so dedicated their life to God but
they had no child till they died. They acquired a lot of landed properties
like lands, Stocks/Bond, house properties, etc. As their legal adviser,
before their death, the husband Mr. Mike Hall instructed me to write his
WILL because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to God.

According to the WILL, their assets should be given out to a ministry for
the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the documents for the assets
that are deposited with the security company are in my care. He gave me the
authority to give out the funds to the Ministries for the work of God. As
instructed by MR. MIKE HALL before his death. As a matter of fact the total
amount of money that is contained in the two trunk Boxes is
US$15,500,000.00, They did not want the management of the Security Company
to know the content of the consignments,therefore they registered the
content of the consignments as Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes
that what they deposited with them were Gold Bars.

As a born again Christian, I have been reading my bible and I have to do
what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the
chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by the owner
before his death. After my fasting and prayers Today, I asked God to make
his choice and direct me to an honest individual or the chosen ministry that
deserves this fund by his Grace.

I then came across your address on the Internet.I appeal to you for the fund
to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God. I have just
notified the Security Company where they deposited the consignments that
contained the funds, that I am moving the consignment abroad, and the
security company is awaiting my authority to move the consignment out of the
shores of my country.

Dear child of Zion, if you know that you will use this fund honestly and
wisely for things that will glorify God's name, then do contact me with the
above mentioned information via ( or

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated; Do send me your contact
telephone/fax number so that I can reach you on telephone.

In His Services,

Robert Slaiter (Esq)

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