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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: FOUNTAIN <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 08:23:39 -0500

We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to
overseas outside my country. We have won various
small exports contract at one time or the other,
recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply cocoa,
and dried natural rubber to tyre manufacturing
companies in Peru, US and Canada, which was successfully done.

However, in as much as we able to successfully carry
out these supplies, we experience difficulty remitting
our proceeds from the sale of these products home.
This is due to the fact that the fiscal policy in my
country is very stringent and not favorable.
Small firms like ours are not allowed before six
months of operation, to open and operate a domiciliary
account in foreign currencies abroad through which we
would have been able to remit our proceeds home.

To this end we seek a foreign company or individuals
who we can nominate as our partners to receive our
payments in their business/individual accounts on our
behalf and in turn send the money directly to us.
Thus we are willing to pay the individual or company
10% of the total sum for their assistance. This 10%
will not be a loss to us instead we hope to
incorporate these costs in our future charges to our
prospective customers overseas.

Currently we are not able to bring back home our funds
totaling USD198, 801:00 (one hundred and ninety eight
thousand, eight hundred and one Dollars) in Peru, US
and canada from export we just made.
We therefore solicit your assistance to help remit
this money by sending your contact details to us at so that we can instruct our
customers to remit these money directly to your account,
or alternatively the checks will be mailed to you,
should incase you don't want to release your account details
We also require that you send us urgently your
telephone and fax numbers for proper communication
prior to any transaction.

We are also hoping to build a long time business
relationship with you should you be interested.
Once we have built our trust on you, we will continue
to straighten the Business Relationship.
We hope you can be of assistance to our company.

We are very much aware of various scams going on all over,
and as such we are assuring you that at no time you will be
required to pay or transfer funds that you have not
received from our customers to us.
We are sincerely a legitimate entrepreneur seeking for
a trustworthy foreign partner.
Please get back to us at if you
are interested
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Anderson Solomon

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