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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: "Ms, Lilian Johnsson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 13:46:22 +0200
Subject: Reply Ms Lilian Johnsson

My dearest,

How is your day?.i believe everything is fine with you over there. Mine here is very
hot and i am living in the refugee camp here in Dakar and am fron liberia monrovia a
25 yers old female . I don't have any relatives now whom we can go to as all our
relatives ran away in the middle of the war.The only person i have now is Rev.Everest
.T, who is the pastor of the (Good News Bible Church of God) here in the camp, he has
been very nice to me since i came here the camp have two hostels one for men the
other for women.The Pastors Tel number is ( +221-487-33-07 ) if you call, please tell
him that you want to speak with me so that he will send for me in the hostel. Call 11
am my time tomorrow please.As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilledge to
any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country.I
want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the
traggic incident that lead to the death of my parents took place.Please listen to
this,i have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me
which i will send to you
latter,because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a foreign bank
in which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $6.5M).So i
will like you to transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some
money for me to get my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with
you.Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you
after reading you profile.I like honest and understanding people,truthful and a man
of vision,truth and hardworking.Awaiting to hear from you soonest, through ( )
Yours .
Ms Lilian Johnsson.

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