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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: "MARIAM KONJA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:58:39 +0100

Miss Mariam Konja,
I'm very sorry to bother you with my E-mail.But I want you to understand that I truely need your assistance to this great offer I'm offering you from the source of my mind.Before anything I want to use this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Miss Mariam Konja, I am 25 years old from Sierra Leone, but presently, I am in Dakar Senegal where I work as a tailor. I am the only daughter of my parents. My father died on a fatal motor accident on the 6th March 2001 in Sierra Leone, on his way to see my sick mother at
hospital where she was admitted for Cancer treatments,she also gave up thesame day at the (General Hospital in Sierra leone),when she heard the news death of my father thesame ,may their gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Before the death of my father, he had willed part of his Estate amounting ($16,500,000.00) (sixteen Million five hundred thousand united states dollars) to me but when I went to the Concerned Bank here in Dakar Senegal, I was shocked when the Manager of the Bank explained to me that I will not be able to withdraw from the money, because my father had a clause on the
will, that I will not should not be allowed to access the deposited fund not until I am 30 years or I present a foreigner who could lead me through with the investment of the funds outside Africa.
I am only 25 years. And the Bank is sticking on the instruction placed by my father during the deposition ,hence I am contacting you to stand as my appionted foreign beneficiary to the Bank so that they can proces the transfer with your name into your account anywhere.I have with me here all the necessary documents related to this deposit with the Bank.
I am willing to offer you 35% of the total sum for your participation when the transfer is done into your account while 10% will be mapped out for any expenses one may incure during the process of the transfer into your account this is to inform you know that you will help me both financially with your honest mind to enable us get the project through.Please remember that I am writing you this email purely on the ground of trust.
Yours Truly,

Miss Mariam Konja,

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