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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: James Zubih <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 00:53:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hello

How are you doing ?

I beleived that you will be in better position to corporate with me hence you have
vast knowledge in
the field of international trasaction and investment.
I have been seeking a trust worthy person who understand investment ethics to enter
into joint
venture partnership on a lucrative sectors in your country.

My name is Mr.Zubih though not my full name , Son of one of the well known Rebel
Leaders in Sierra
Loane, I will give you my full name later. I am in a hide out now in a Country in
West African due to
recent dead of my father in prison.

I have huge sum of money for INVESTMENT secretly deposited here by my late father,
the goverment of
Sierra Loane is searching to recover some of this money which my father made when
his rebel troops
captured the Diamonds minnings field in Sierra Loane.

The money is in Millions of U.S. dollars (US7.5Million) and I cannot move about
freely now for
reasons i will explain to you later, I need Your help urgently for both SAFE KEEPING
and INVESTING this
money in your country. I got your contact through internet when i was seaching for a
foreign contact.
The money was carefully packed into Diplomatic box and deposited with one Security
Safe Keeping House, the box was declared as containing Precious stones and
The security house did not know the contains till now because all dplomatic
properties are
not inspected, every documents regarding this box is now in my custody and I have
legally arrange it for
delivery soonest I am ready.
My prime and chief purpose of writing you is to solicit your assistance in
transfering into a safe
foreign account for genuine investment in your country smoothly, I need your
corporation, advice and
assistance in order to transfer to your country. which i will instruct the security
company to deliver the box by their Diplomatic means.

And also help me to invest this money in good and profitable sectors in your country
because I do not know anybody there and I am young man i do not have experience of
I will be very grateful for your urgent respose while
hoping to do good investments with you on life time
ventures .
( )
My best regards.
Mr. James.

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