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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: Al-Dhahabi Naofal <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:19:03 +0000
Subject: Hello


With all due respect, I know, you will be surprise after reading this email for the fact that two of us are still total stranger to each other, to be sincere I observed that you are a reliable person through your message that was the reason why I want to explain everything about me.

I am 23 years of age girl,from Zimbabwe in west africa,am studying law in the university befor my parests past away and my height is "5.5".my weight is 65kg,i am presently in a refugee camp here in senegal in west africa also,to be frank and honest, I have gone through a lot of pains and sufferings in my life ever since I lost my parents, I lost my mother several years ago, when I was a kid, she died while giving birth to the person that would have been my only brother, she died after giving birth and the baby died a few minutes later.

My Father died last year while I was still in my first year in school, when my father died last year, my uncle took over his Gold and Cocoa business immediately after his death on the pretence that he will hand over to me later. Suddenly, he became strange and practically locked me out of everything my father owns because I am a woman, but I have nothing to tell him, I leave vengeance to God(allah), for the fear of not falling into same trap that killed my father, for this reason I don’t need any telephone call to avoid any body knowing about this transaction and my pain, I prefer email only.

Before my father died, he gave me the secret code of his save, where I found a document that contents a huge amount of money, (EIGHTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USA DOLLARS).Which my father deposited with a security company here in senegal,with the sole aim of acquiring and buying some dredging equipments in setting up of a dredging firm with his partner in Senegal. I want to invest this money under your care, and however, my only worry is that fact that we do not know ourselves in person, but I strongly believe that the key to the success of this transaction is mutual trust and understanding.

Secondly I want to relocate from here to your country after the transfer of this fund where I can settled down happily because of the political problem that facing us almost 5years now, I promise and swear with my life, you will never regret for knowing and assisting me all the rest of your life, I am willing to offer you FOUR MILLION US DOLLARS for helping me and rest will go for investment which you will help me to decide upon my arrival.
Waiting to hear that you will assist me.

Reply me through my own private email address below,because this hotmail address i used to contact you is for my late father.
Yours Faithfully,Miss Abeer Naofal.
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