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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "PRINCESS STELLA PERE" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 14:33:26 +0400
Subject: read/reply

Dear Friend,
Good day and Compliments,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the
of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and
reward you aboundantly and you would never regreat this.
I am a female student from University of Burkina faso, Ouagadougou. I
am 21 yrs old. I'd like any person who can be caring,. I would like to build up a solid bussniess foundation with
in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction.
Well, my father died earlier seven months ago and left I and my
brother behind. He was a king, which our town citizens titled him
sixteen years before his death.
I was a princess to him and I am the only person who can take care of
his wealth now because my junior brother is still young and my mother
not literate enough to know all my father's wealth. He left the sum
USD 5, 350, 000.00 dollars (five Million,Three Hundred and Fifty
Thousand US Dollars)in a security company.This money was annually
my late fathers account from Shell petroleum development
company(spdc)and chevron oil company operating in our locality for
compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction.
I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in
abroad, so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs
my father and our family, which they were planning to do without my
present because I am a female as stated by our culture in the town.

Now,i urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from
security company to your bank account, That is why I felt happy when
saw your contact because I strongly believe that by the grace of God,
you will help me invest this money wisely.
I am ready to pay 20% of the total amount to you if you help us in
transaction and another 10% interest of Annual After Income to you,
handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly have
control over.
If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist
in lifting this fund, kindly reach me.
Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to
commence the transaction as quick as possible,
Yours sincerely,
PRINCESS STELLA PERE alternative email address

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