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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: "Vivian Znak" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:22:08 +0100
Subject: HELLO.........

My name is miss Vivian Znak Age 26 yers Its mine wounderful pleasure to write you again.How was your day?.Mine was hot only that i live in the refugee camp here in dakar senegal. In the camp we are only allowed to go out only by taking pernition.from our camp master Its just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out there.
I am from sierra leon in west afica and my late father Dr tomsin Znak was the personal adviser to the late former head of state who was killed last year september a long side with my father. We don't have any relatives now whom we can go to all our relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person we have now is the Rev oscar James who is the pastor of the christ the king church here in the camp he has been very nice to us since we came here but we are not leaving with him rather i am leaving in the womens hostel because the camp have two hostels one for men the other for women.
As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilledge to any thing because of the law of this country.I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the traggic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.
Please listen to this,i have some deposit certificate of my late father's properties here with me because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in security and finance company here which he used my name as the next of kin, the amount in question is $7.5000(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars).
So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for us to get travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you. I kept this secret to people in the camp here the only person that knows about it is the Rev because he is like a father to us.
So in the light of above i will like you to please send to me your currect phone and fax number so that i will mail to you the contact of and finance company for you to confirm from the faninace company dakar senegal telling them you are interested in my consignment whivh is under their custody and they should tell you the necessary requirement needed for the consignment to be shipped to you in your country of destinantion.
My brother is in the men's hostel he is my younger brother by name alex 19yers very friendly and social to people, i sees him on mondays and fridays because it is our visiting days. I like honest and understanding people,truthful and a man of vision and hardworking With love.God bless you.
am waiting for your reply
Vivian Znak

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