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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mis Anna Mudu" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 15:56:39 +0530
Subject: From Mis Anna Mudu


My name is Mis Anna Mudu 24 year of age, the daughter of late Mr Camara Mudu ,of zimbabwe.I am using this opportunity to express my predicaments to you during the last crises against the farmers of zimbabwe by the supporters of our president Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white farmers to relise their farms to his party members. My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did not support the president's political ideology, the supporters of my president invaded my father's farm, and burnt it down,shot him and after two day he die as a result of the wounds sustained by gun men, after one week,when we were in sorrow and pans, a group of another men come to our home and take my elder sister away up till this day no where to be find her.
As a result of that I and my old mother decided to move out of zimbabwe for the safety of our livies to senigal. Before his death, he wrote his " WILL" which reads, MY BELOVED DAUGHTER ANNA I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF $6.7M USDOLLAR WHICH I DEPOSTITED IN A SECURITY COMPANY IN SENIGAL IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY' you should solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you to move this fund out of senigal for the family care and investment purpose i deposited the money in your name (ANNA MUDU) and it can be claimed by you with the help of a foreign partner using the deposit code.Your mother has all the decuments. Take good care of your mother.
You can understand that the lives and future of our family depends on this fund as much as i will be very greatful if you can help us. We are now living in senigal cote d' ivoire as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKER and the financial law of senigal did not allow an asylum seeker any finacial right to operate huge amount of money. In view of this I can not invest this money in senigal hence i am asking you to assist us to move this money out of senigal for investment purposes.
For your assistance to us we give out to you 10% of the total sum of the money and 10% for any expenses that may comes, while 80% wil be kept for my family for the investment. Immediately we eatablish trust with ourselves I would go ahead to give you all the details you might require to know about this fund.

Thanks and God bless you
Mis Anna Mudu

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