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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: "musa mohammed" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:24:53 +0200
Subject: from mohammed

TEL/ (00225
EMAL /( <>)
Permit me to contact you through this medium.
I am Mr musa mouhmmed , the child of Dr sango mouhammed a prominent politician in Republic of benin togo.
I am presently in the republic of Cote ` Ivoire under the supervision of mr Anthony aboh in abidjan, cote d'ivoire
My Father was arrested and charged to court for a multibillion dollar arm deal which was politically motivated by his enemies as my father was the chairman of parliament in the lome and a strong opposition of the dictatorials regimes of the eyedema`s .
My Father , accented to plead guilty in exchange for his acquittal on corruption charges this lead to his bank accounts in togo and abroad being frozen .now, things are really bad for me ,my sister and our mother based on this ,I cannot even afford to take care of my school expenses any more , that is why we are contacting you ,due to the fact that my Father is still being monitored
I was advised by him to source for a credible and trustworthy partner abroad who will help in managing and investing some huge funds(8.5m euros) he secretly deposited in a security and finance company for safe keeping some years ago in Europe .
He deposited these funds with a safe security and finance company for safe keeping as family treasures and African artefacts to prevent the officials of the company from raising eyebrow. I wish and believe you will be in a position to assist in managing this sum for a profitable venture /investment in your country and also to help create a safe heaven for me and my sister in furthering our education by making a residential arrangement for us in your country . I will disclose other important information to you if you indicate your interest to partner with me .you will work with us on the arrangement of picking up the funds since I am still in school .
Let me assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free. And we have agreed to give you a reasonable percentage of the money for your assistance which will be negotiated and agreed on by both sides. I was obliged to search for a reliable partner knowing that I have a limited knowledge in the business world. I will need from you a mutual understanding and then we shall make plans of how the funds would be secured into an account in your name. Moreover, you will arrange and travel immediately to meet with the security company oficer in charge in europe , for the pick up of the fund. Please contact me through my email address.
Thanks and God bless you for your understanding. Please do not forget to email me your private telephone number so that I can give you a call to discuss this matter if you are interested in this offer.
Best Regards,

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