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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: Lillian Umah <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:48:36 +0000
Subject: Urgent lillian

RUE 124
Attn: Dearest One.CONFIDENTIALDear,

I am LILIAN UMAH the daughter of late former Director of finance, Chief UMAH. A .Joseph Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation. I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal. My late father diverted this fund acquired from the over influencing of price of sales/purchasing of raw materials., now he has deposited the money with an BANK in Abidjan BY FIXED DEPOSIT FORM, and he attached a strict clause to the fund in racket(PAY AS RECEIVED), where I am residing under political asylum. Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who served under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their asset, it is on this note that I am contacting you, all I needed from you is to furnish me with your bank particulars:

1) Account name2) Account number3) Bank address, telephone and fax number

For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account, the said amount is (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) $8.5 Million. I am compensating you with 15% of the total money amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country, were their is stability of Government, political and economic welfare. Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and never a joke.

My late father Chief Umah gave me the photocopies of the certificate of deposit issued to me by the bank on the date of deposit, and he called me closer to his bed side before his call to glory(R.I.P)that i should pray to god first, before contacting any foreigner and he warned me stricly that i should avoid his brother with their greedy and evil mind since this is the only legacy i am inheriting from him. Please, this is for you to be clarified because, I do not expose my self to any body I see, I believe that you are able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my life, it is important.

Please email me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill free and make it urgent. That is the reason why I offered you 15 % of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incure during this transaction including your telephone calls.

N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account and you will be my guardian, personally I am interested in estate management and hotel business, please advise me, email me back immediately you receive this message for oreexplanation. And promise me to be a member of your family and considering my situation and not to betray me.

Thanks and God blessBest regardsLilian Umah.

NB: my late father used me the daughter as the beneficiary / next of kin on the day of deposit and also told me I need a foreign assistance of a foreigner with a legitimate bank Account abroad who will stand as co-beneficiary and partner abroad.
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