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: "Mohammed Amira" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 18:10:05 +0800
Subject: PLEASE HELP ME!!!


Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction and I
pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval
considering the facts we have not known each other before.I wish to use this
opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Princess Amira Mohammed from
Ivory Coast.

I am the first daughter of my father H.R.H Sani Mohammed who was the former
king of my village. My father and my whole family are massacred during the
recent political crisis that came up in my country.

When my father was alive he revealed to me about his money worth of
US$15million in a security box which he deposited in diplomatic security
company in London for safe keeping.

Presently, I am under the custody of United Nation High Commision for
Refugees(UNHCR) in United Kingdom notifying my father's lawyer of claim and
also i can see that United Kingdom is expensive for investment with this
money and my security is also monitored here in London by my father's

Therefore i want you to help me in the claim of this money as my next of kin
and invest it into your country, because my father told me that it is
dangerous to invest this money in my country to avoid suspicious, and due to
market instability coupled with economic and political instability facing my
country that is why I want to invest in your country if you can be kind and
sincere to me.

For your foreign assistance i have agreed to offer you 30% of the total
amount of the money.

NOTE: I have never disclosed this to any person apart from you, so you have
to keep this very confidential. I would like to your full contact
information which i have to submit to my lawyer to contact you as the new
beneficiary of my money and also give you better understanding of the

Write me back with this<>

Best regards,
Amira Mohammed

Anti-fraud resources: