fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: dr_kosojo anumu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 16:00:27 +0000
Subject: urgent CALL MY Telephone +226-76-65-92-92

From the desk of Barrister KOSOJO ANUMU(Attorney at Law)PLOT 401"ATTORNEY AVENUE,LOUDIN OUAGAFOUGOU BURKINA FASO.Reply to Attn: Sir/Madam,Telephone +22676659292.I am Barrister KOSOJO ANUMU, private attorney to the late Mrs.StellaObasanjo, wife of the Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who died on23rd of October, 2005 at a hospital in Spain. She had traveled to Spain to undergo surgery and died from complications resulting from that surgery.Below is the website link for your understanding the more. As the personal attorney to the deceased, I handle every of her affairs most properties and funds both domestic and in overseas. In this case, my client who left huge amount of MILLION USD) and so many investments with my signature abroad and herein burkina faso. Very soon my client’s family will call me to account for my client’s properties and funds offshore. At this juncture, I seek your consent to present you as the benefactor to my client’s funds deposited in Europe which I will disclose to you, since I have all the documents regarding the depositing of the funds. I will procure all necessary legal documentations that can be used to back up any claim we might make.All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I promise that you and I can share the money 60/40%. I believe my letter received a favorable consideration from you as I await your respond as soon aspossible.Endeavour to forward your response and your private telephone number:+22676659292/communications.
Best Regards,Barrister Kosojo Anumu.Telephone +22676659292.
Appelez vos amis de PC à PC -- C'EST GRATUIT

Anti-fraud resources: