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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: "bixnfleisch" <bixnfleisch (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 03:43:36 +0800

It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter,
which I believe will be a surprise, as we are both
complete strangers. As you read this, I don't want you to
feel sorry for me; because I believe everyone will die
someday. My name is JAMES FADI, a former merchant in Dubai
, U.A.E now undergoing medical treatment in Uk, I have
been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered
very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health. It
has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have
only about a few months to live, according to medical
experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as
I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my
business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I
was always hostile to people and only focus on my business
as that was the only thing I cared for, but now I regret
all this as I now know that there is more to life than
just wanting to have or make all the money in the world.
I believe when I have a second chance to come to this
world I would live my life a different way from how I had
lived it, now that it is dark for me, I have willed and
given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and
extended family members and as well as a few close
friends. To correct my wrong past life, I have decided to
give arms to charity organizations, as I want this to be
one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in the
U.A.E, Algeria and to some victims of the Tsunami in
Thailand, Sri- Lanka and Indonesia. Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self anymore. I
once asked members of my family to close one of my
accounts and distribute the money which I have there to
charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan for the
earth Quake victims; they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they
seem not to be contended with what I
have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge
cash deposit of Ten million five hundred thousand dollars
only (US$10.5M) accumulated over the years from an Oil
trade in Kuwait & Saudi Arabia and presently deposited
with a Finance/Security Company in Malaysia. I will want
you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to
charity organizations, orphanage homes and must especially
the earth quake victims of Pakistan and you must be
sending me information of how it was disbursed either by
email or otherwise . I have set aside 10% for you for your
time and patience. If you can take up this assignment then.

Reply via my email address,to enable me give you further details on how to proceed on the assignment.

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