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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: "jennifer abend" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 11:06:20 -0500
Subject: From Miss Jennifer Nicole Abend

>From Miss Jennifer Nicole Abend

Hello Dear,

I am sorry to come to you in this way, i come across you and my spirit lead
me to choose you. well i realy needed someone honest, truthful to share my
feelings with and to share burden with and will lead me to introduced myself
to you.i am Nicole Jennifer Abend, the only child and daughter of late Mr
and Mrs Alfred Abend. my father was a very wealthy cocoa marchant base in
Freetown the economic capital of Sierra leone before he was poisoned to
death by his business associates on one of their outings to discuss on the
business. when my mother died on the 15th December 1996, my father took me
so special because i was motherless. Before the death of my father on 25th
april 2006 in a private hospital there in Freetown he secretly called me on
the bed side and told me that he has the sum of nine million, seven hundred
and fifty thousand united states dollars ($8,750,000) which was deposited at
a suspense account in a finance and security company in Accra Ghana where i
am now staying at the moment in a church. My father also told me that he use
my name (Nicole .J. Abend )as the next of kin to the account as the only
daughter and the person that will inherit the deposited money. He also
explained to me that it was of this wealth that he was poisoned by his
business associates.that i should seek for a foreign patner in the country
of my chioce where i will transfer this money for and use it for my
education and investment purposes ,now i am humbly seeking your assistance
in the fellowing areas.
( 1) to provide a bank account where this money will be transfered
(2)to serve as the guardian of this fund since i am only a girl of 17 years
( 3) to make arrengement for me to come over to your country after the money
has been transfered to your account to further my education and stay there
perminatly. moreover you shall then be giving me information on when the
transfer will be over. i am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort/input after the succesful transfer of the money
to your normination account oversea. furthermore you can indicate your
option towards assisting me as i believe that this transfer would be
concluded you signify your interest to assist me I will like you
send me your full contacts like.
3.AGE -

To my private email address:( )
Anticipating to hear from you soonest.
Thanks and God bless.
Miss Jennifer Abend

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