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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: sifa kabila1 <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:50:33 +0200
Subject: Hello dearest one,

Hello dearest one,

I saw your profile i decided to send you this message however i will like you to read all the message i sen't you then you get back to me.
I am Mrs. Sifa Maanya Kabila, from Democratic Republic of Congo. there is an information I would like you to keep very confidential, there is sum ammount of money my Husband (Late President Laurent Kabila), deposited in a bank in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire africa for safe keeping, before he was killed by his eldest millitary son. the squable happened as immediately we returned back from our london trip. my husband married us three wives.I am the second wife.I will not be able to give you the full details that led to that urgly incidents rightnow. the eldest son is the current President of our country now (JOSEPH KABILA.) for now I am staying in abidjan, the capital of Republic of Cote d'voire africa, just to save my life,with my only son Saide kobi kabila, the money in question, is 17, Million U.S.Dollars. I can not make the withdrawal of this fund, because my husband registered the beneficiary of the fund as his (Foriegn Bussiness Patner) and also (Family valuables as the content of the deposit) the documents of the deposit are with me.What I would want you to do, is to assits me to get the consignment withdrawn from the bank, and we shall open a small account in a bank here in your name, and transfer the money to your country, through the account .we shall replace the nameforiegn patner to your own name, because the code was used forsecurity reason. I will give you 25% of the total money for your assitance. there is no risk in this transaction. I will use the remaining balance of the money for an investiment in your country for the future, If you are intrested, and can maintain the very confidential of this transaction,you e-mail me immediately for more clearification, and also note that I am a refugees in abidjan Cote d' lvoire, becuase of the assasination of my late husband, and the civil war going on in our country Democratic Republic of Congo. Please reply immediately you receive this email for further information.+225 08 49 46 91

thank you very muchMrs.Sifa Maanya Kabila.
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