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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: "HON. DR Nelson Tabo" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:54:31 +0200
Subject: Attention: Mr. VICTIMNAME.

Attention: Mr. VICTIMNAME.

Dear sir,

I got your mail message and I must thank you for your understanding.

However, before we proceed I will like us to introduce our selves, I am
going to send you a copy of my international pass-port including a copy of
my bank Identity card this evenning after work.

I will also like to have your identity as well as a matter of introduction
so that we can at least know our selves.As you can see trust can not be
bought in the market but it can be established.

I am 42yrs old and am a christain and a man of good faith, I contacted you
with good faith hopefully,we will work with transperancy.

I am trusting you with my heart because I have been praying and fasting
since few montths ago so that God will show me a trustworthy foreign partner
who will be able to handle this matter truthfully and carefully.

Dear Mr. VICTIMNAME, I want you to understand that this fund came as a matter
of oppourtunity and I want you to understand that in the shortest possible
time it will be of mutual profitability to both of us and our families.I
have been working in this bank for almost eight years and my annual record
is not upto $6,000.00.

All my salaries is going into deep expenses due to the condition of my
country it will be my pleaure if we will have this deal done as early as
possible so that I can put up a resignation letter and come over to london.
with all my families so that we can go into partnership in any business that
you might recommend as you know your country better than me.

I advice you to make sure that you keep everything confidential in your ends
until the fund comes over.I will also do the same, I do not want the bank to
know that am backing you up in thios claim so I want 100% confidentiality in
this matter, I have all the informations that will back up this claim so be
rest assured, there's no risk involved.

Incase the bank needs any information from you relate it to me so that I can
go through the file here in the bank and I will give you the answer so that
you will get back to them.

As soon as I receive your identification, I will send to you the text of
application form so that you will fill it carefully and send it to the bank

I know that this claim can not take us more than 14 working days to have
this fund released to you in your account.

Waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Mr. Nelson Tabo.

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