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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: "SIDI_AND_SISTER" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 23:43:11 +0200
Subject: HELLO

Attn :Sir,
Based on the information I gathered about you from a very reliable source, We are very happy to send this message to you.

I hope you will consider and give it urgent and favourable reply. My name is Sidi Hammed 24years,a citizen of Sierra - Leone ,Son & Daughter of late Dr.Ali Hammed, who before his death was the person managing the Sierra - Leone gold and diamond corporation( SGDC ).

I hope you are aware of the war which has ravaged my country for the past years now . It was in one of this attacks by the rebels that led to the death of my Father and my Mother including Two of my Brothers, now am left with only my younger sister Bintu.

We was terrified of the situation and because of this I escaped with my younger Sister Bintu from Sierra - Leone to Dakar Senegal into a refugee camp but brought
along with all vital documents which our late father used in depositing the sum of Us $25 Million United State Dollars with a prime bank here in dakar senegal.

For now, We have every information and document needed for the Collection of the deposit with the BANK and I want you to Act as the beneficiary of the deposit for
easy and smooth collection to your account abroad for investment purposes.

Since our breadwinner is no more and this is the only hope for life. You positive response will give me the greatest joy and relief. Our aim of contacting you is
to seek for your able assistance as a front in transferring this fund abroad into an account,then as a business developer,

You can help us to invest wisely in areas you deem lucrative and finally obtain a residential permit for us to stay comfortable in your country of abode . Presently we cannot go back to Sierra- Leone because of the situation there and you know that Senegal where we are now is politically unstable; we therefore wish
you could help us get out of here before it become worse.

May Allah Bless you for your kind assistance we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum. Been reaching us fatser through this our alternate email address for security reason. EMAIL

Finally I implore you to treat this transaction with secrecy and confidentiality for security reasons.


YOUR POSITION..................................
BANK/ACCONUT DETAILS......................
TELE/FAX NUMBERS..........................

We are Seriously waiting for your urgent reply,

Thanks, May allah guard and protect you.

Best Regards.
Sidi Hammed & Sister Bintu.

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