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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: "Inquiry"<>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 23:32:11 -0500 (EST)

Good day,Permit me to go straight to the business, I am a Chartered Accountant and presently a Fund Manager with an Investment Company (name withheld) I have worked with this Company for 19 years plus previous 6 years experience in the banking sector, I am in charge of all our Investor's Capital Project Funds which grants me access into the Investor’s Excess Capital Returns (IECR) Upon this fact I was able to Professionally extract and divert a substantial sum representing the 1.2% Investor’s Excess Return Capital Project Funds for 2005/2006. I need your assistance in other to execute my plans and have the diverted Funds transferred to you, All I need is a reliable and trustworthy person that can assist to execute my plans with methods, which I shall bring you into a full disclosure once I have your assurance that you will not let me down, the idea is simple and straight. “You” who shall be referred to as an existing investor wishes to close/terminate your investment with us
thereby requesting us to transfer your “INVESTMENT SUM” to you. Note that this is a usual and everyday demand whereby our clients sells his/her share, Re-Invest/terminate investment pending on Investor’s Choice, there is no risk attached, it is 100% risk free and secured and the funds in question can never be dictated or traced. Get back to me for further detailed Information.Have a good day,Sincerely, Mr. Ogbueli Kali

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