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.



Fraud email example:

From: Albert <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 16:49:26 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Greetings from Albert.

Albert Gomez
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire,

Dearest Beloved,

I know that this mail may come to you as surprise , I am Albert Gomez the son of Dr. Koffi Gomez the former director of COVICUL CI an agricultural cooperative in food-producing products in Bouaké Côte d'Ivoire. I managed to escape to Abidjan with my only sister Kadi
who letter died during the out break of civil war here.

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in you. Though I have not meet with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. This
is a very confidential matter and you must treat with highly secret.

I am in position of US$4.5Million which my late father kept in a Security Company here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before he was assassinated by the Rebels. This money is in one Metallic Trunk Box marked family valuables. The money meant for the exporting of Cocoa
to France which he did not execute before his assassination.

Now I want to move this money abroad and invest it in a lucrative business venture in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. I want you to help me claim and
retrieve these box from the Security company and have the money transfer into your personal account.

If you can be of an assistance to me I will be pleased to offer to you 10% of the total fund and you will help me to come over to your country.

I await your sincere response.

Thanks and God bless.
Albert Gomez

Appel audio GRATUIT partout dans le monde avec le nouveau Yahoo! Messenger
Téléchargez le ici !

Anti-fraud resources: