fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs Grace Hill" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 12:19:52 +0400
Subject: We need your help .

From Mrs Grace Hill
DEAR Sir/Madam,

I know this letter will come as a surprise to you, but I would like you
to give it top consideration so as to help me, and my family out from
our present economic predicament, which the entire family is facing this
time around.

I am Mrs Grace Hill the wife of Mr. Allan Hill a British citizen who
based in Zimbabwe and also a farmer in Zimbabwe. My husband, Mr. Allan
Hill who is now,under the Zimbabwean police custody is awaiting trial
for not quithing his farm as directed and instructed by the Zimbabwe
present president Mr. Robert Mogabe.

That the white farmers in the country should vacate their farm land and
go back to their country,but my husband due to what he has invested in
Zimbabwe also on his farm refused quitting, it is because of this that
the president instructed police to lock him and all his properties are
now seized by the Zimbabwean Government.
All effort made by my husband's friend Mr. JOHN Connelly, the Zimbabwean
Chairman Justice for Agriculture and my mother who is also a Zimbabwean
citizen to release my husband was to no avail.

I Grace Hill knowing fully well the case of my husband is a serious case
revealed to my son that my husband Mr. Alan Hill deposited some money
in a particular Security Company in (BAMAKO MALI) Which the name will be
given to you as soon as we got your positive respond .I have given all
the necessary documents regarding the money to my son and the money
involved is Four million, two hundred thousand United States dollars
(4.2m USD). Moreover I Mrs.Grace Hill, decided to offer you 20%.

I have sent my son to go to UAE and search for a reliable foreigner who
will help us to keep the money because of safety as instructed me by my
husband's friend John Connelly of Zimbabwe .for Your urgent reply is
needed & towards this transaction through my confidential email address
Please know that due to the nature of this transaction my son John Hill,
is now in Dubai to help for the surcessfull transfer of this money.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Mrs. Grace Hill
(on behalf of Hill's family

Anti-fraud resources: