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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: "manuel tureh" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:54:52 +0000
Subject: urgent reply needed pls.

Dearest one,
I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise, with the full hope
that you will bear with us to assist me in this mutual transaction that will
extend our both families.
I got your contact and few other ones through your website, and then after
going into praying and fasting for God to provide a trustworthy person to
us, it happen that you are the one.

I am miss Manuel Tureh from Abidjan in Republique of Cote d Ivoire. my late
Parents Chief Dr and Lolo Ahmed tureh, who was into cocoa/Cotton export,
died last year after a brief accident. before the death of my father he
deposited two big trunk boxes containing us$ 22.4 million with other family
valuables with security company here in Cote d'Ivoire registered it as art
work belonging to his foreign partner who will be coming for the release and
export to abroad.

Please, I want you to focus your mind in this transaction for this is risk
free , legal an Genuine business. I and my junior brother ask for your
assistance and permission to submit your name as my late father foreign
partner for release of this consignment and transfer/export to your country
for safe keeping and investment. I humbly ask for you to response to this
email immediately with your Tel/Fax numbers to enable me forward to you all
the neccessary documents concerning this deposit.

So as to conclude this transaction under 15 good working days. My Junior
brother and I have conclude to give you 10 % of the total money after the
release of this consignment for your noble assistance. and note that this is
the only hope of my brother and me therefore try to keep it confidential for
the security of this money and our dear life.
Waiting for your urgent response. Nb: please do not fail to respond in this
my private email

Best regards
Miss Manuel tureh

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