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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: "federa savimbi" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:39:46 +0100
Subject: urgent attention

federa collins Savimbi

147 soloprimo
Guinea Conakry
West Africa
14th december,2005

Dear Sir/Madam

This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
yet met before.I managed to get your contact details through the Norway
business directory. Time is of importance to this letter. I was desperately
looking for a person to assist me in this confidential transaction.My
movement and that of other members of my family has been highly restricted
but happily I have been able to move out from Angola and am now in Guinea
Conakry.I am federa collins Savimbi,son of the late leader of Unita Rebel
Jonas Savimbi of Angola who died on the 22nd February2002 .

( Before the death of my father he
deposited the sum of USD25,000,000.00(Twenty-Five million united states
dollars) in a private security trust company for safe keeping only. I am in
contact with the security company and they have confirmed to me the
exisitence of the deposit.I am currently in Guinea Conakry where the money
is deposited pending when I get a foriegn partner like you for the retrieval
of the deposit and further investment of the money into your business or any
other business you consider profitable.

Based on the above, I am contacting you so that you can help me invest this
fund in your country hoping that you will remain trust worthy. The fund was
realised from gold and diamond sales by my late father’s diamond and gold
I wish you will understand the need to assist me in my present situation. If
you are ready I will give you all the information needed. I am very happy
because the company here where the money is deposited have no idea of the
real content of the box deposited with them because my father made payment
for the safekeeping as a family treasure. I will personally like you to come
to Guinea to meet with me and my younger sister face to face and we shall
take you to the security company for retrieval. Upon your arrive here in
Guinea we shall introduce you to the company as our late father’s business
partner who has come to take us to Norway for furthering of our education.

We shall also arrange to change to your name as the beneficiary of the
money. Please note that the whole process will not be more than 3 days. This
transaction is 100% riskfree and we want you to come down and see things for
yourself in order to believe this story.I will like you to note that you are
the only person apart from my immediate family who knows about this
Me and my sister has agreed to give to you a total of 30% for your
assistance and mapped out another 10% for any expenses that might occur
during the process including your travel expenses to Guinea and the balance
of 60% for us.
my email address
Your Truly
federa collins Savimbi

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