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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "m1414n m1414n" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 15:53:25 +0000

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Suha Arafat, the wife of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader
who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the
announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion,
humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the
Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have also
been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so
traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the

You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery
of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the
allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my name of
which I have refused to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine

In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in
the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their
effort to make me poor for life.Hence my desire for a foreign assistance.I
have deposited the sum of 30 million dollars with a Security financial firm
in whose name is withheld for now until we open communication.I shall be
grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe
keeping and Investment opportunity.

This arrangement will be known to you and I alone and all our
correspondence should be strictly on email alone because our government has
tapped all my lines and are monitoring all my movement.In view of the
above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits,the $30,000,000
that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for
my trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full
responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance. we shall share in the ratio
of 30%for you 65% and 5% for expenses incured,as you know there is know
transaction of such huge amount that does not require expenses.

Please, if you are honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care
as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children. In case you don't
accept please do not let me out to the security and international media as I
am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly
appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith and send to me your
complete personal contact information.

May God bless you and your household.

Yours sincerely,

Suha Arafat

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