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: "Eldit Adam" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 09:22:19 -0500
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

I am delighted to write to you.I am sorry if this mail will come to you as an embarrassment or a surprise, I just felt like empting myself to you, to confide in you, as am faced with total frustration and hardship. My Ernest prayer is that you find this mail in good health and blessings.

My name is Eldit Adam,The daughter of (Late Chief william Adam) Who lost his life in the course of the crisis here in Cote D'ivoire on his way to his office.My late father was a cocoa machant.My father willed in cash, the sum of $8.5 million dollars which he deposited in a Fixed/Suspence account here in Abidjan Cote D ivoire in west Africa, with enabling conditions for the release of the fund which are as follows:

(1) That I must be 30 years or above.
(2) That upon request for the release of the fund, there must be evidence of investment intentions especially outside the west africa,I contact you therefore to confirm if you can absorb me in partnership in your company or possibly assist me on any investment opportunity in your country. When I reach agreement with you, the bank will release my fund into an account that you shall nominate and I will come over to you to commence business partnership with you and the fund and as well complete my education.

All that I want is your sincere and genuine help in helping me to see that this fund is transfered to your account in your country were you will also help me invest this fund in a very good business as soon its been transfered to your account.I cannot allow the money remain here, why,because of the war here which possess a great risk to as my life and future solely lies on it.

If you have heard from the news for the past few months now there has been intense fighting and bombing by the troops which I will like to live here as soon as we have this money transfered out of this country.
I expect your urgent response including your addresses, your mobile telephone and fax number.I wait to hear from you,thanks for expected cooperation.

My regards,
Eldit Adam.

Free Email account with 1GB of storage.

Anti-fraud resources: