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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: "Mrs Aminatu Bolkiah" <bolkiah_a@STEAM.TO> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 13:13:49 +0400
Subject: Assalamu alaiykum,

Assalamu alaiykum,

I got your reliable contact from my father's business diary and further
explicit investment informations about your country from a business
since the incaceration of my family and our departure from
palace due to severe human rights abuses occuring in my country.
I am Aminatu Bolkiah the only child of sheikh Jefri Bolkiah, Former
minister of Brunie, the tiny oil-rich Gulf Island of Borneo, I will
your time by not amplifying much of my extended
Royal family history,which has already been disseminated by the
international media during the controversial dispute between my father
his stepbrother, The sultan of Brunei Sheikh Muda Hassanal Bolkiah.
You may know from the international media that the sultan accused my
father of financial mismanagement and improperity of $1.2 billion
This was as a result of the asian financial crisis that made my late
father's company Amedeo Development Company and government owned Brunei
investment company to be decleared bankrupt during his tenure as a
member of the asian-Gulf exchange comittee.How ever my father was kept
house arrest ,his bank accounts and private properties including a
crude oil
export refinery were later confiscated by the sultanate.
Futhermore during this unfortunate period,I was adviced to evacuate my
residence for saudi arabia were i can take refuge in order to avoid
prosecution from the sultanate and his security operatives, but before
could do that i was arrested placed under house arrest by the
sultan and no access to a phone but a pentium 4 computer from which i
sending you this mail.Some of the guards here are still loyal to me.
Before my father's arrest,he deposited the sum of twenty five Million
dollars ($25,000,000.00)under my name through special arrangements with
finance company in different countries abroad for safe keeping until
problems are over.The money were splitted and kept in the following
countries in these proportion: US$ 10Million in south africa and $
in United Arab emirates.Hence i seek your good assistance in claimming
investing my funds in a profitable venture so as to facilitate future
survival for my family.
Kindly observe here that no terms of compensaition or payment has been
disclosed yet until your consent is acknowledged.

waiting for your urgent response to my alternative e-mail address

Allah Kareem ,
Mrs Aminatu Bolkiah

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