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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: "zachy johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 21:16:44 +0000
Subject: RE

Dear Amiable Friend,

It is my humble pleasure to write you this letter irrespective of the fact
that you don’t know me. However, I was able to contact you through your
company’s profile in my earnest search for a reliable and trust worthy
individual or group that can handle such a confidential business of this
magnitude and I renmain quite sure that I will neither be betrayed nor
disappointed by you.

My name is Zachariah Johnson an Aide to Mrs Jewel Taylor the the wife of
former Liberia president, Charles Taylor who is presently in exile/asylum
in the south eastern part of Nigeria (Calabar). Before we depart Liberia
for our present abode when President Taylor was in power, with the help of
some Foreign businessmen, she was able to move some cases containing foreign
currency totaling USD51.5 Million United States Dollars cash with a
safekeeping companies in Africa, Europe and Middle east.

The money in question now is USD36.5 Million United State Dollars as already
is in a security vault in these countries and if you agree to assist me, I
will go ahead to present you as the beneficiary of the funds with the
documents in my custody. In this case you will have to travel to Africa,
Europe or Middle East to clear the boxes. Then the funds will be in your
custody until my arrival to your country. For your kind assistance a
reasonable percentage will be assigned to you while you will invest the
remaning in any lucrative investment on my behalf. Recently Mrs Jewel
Taylor spoke to the security company that arrangements are been put in place
for the claim of the luggage’s.

It may interest you know that recently a similar transaction was carried out
with one Guillaume Muller a Director of GM Zurich Construction AG. After the
agreement between us in which he was to take 30% of the US$15 Million USD in
one of the boxes in the security company in Europe. The documents were
signed by him and some of the boxes was given to him as the original
beneficiary which he took to Italy, we were disappointed on our arrival in
Italy to discover that Mr. Guillaume Muller has relocated and was no where
to be found. This was how we lost US$15 Million from the US$51.5Million USD
and we are now left with US$36.5 Million, in a safekeeping company in
Africa,Europe and Middle East which you will help collect and keep in your

Note: There is no risk involved in this transaction as I am involved as
their trusted confidant for the past years. Therefore contact me on my
e-mail, should you be interested in this transaction, keep
it as top secret and be prepared to invest part of this money into
Agriculture,Oil & Gas,Capital Investments and Real estate.

I await your urgent respond

Zachariah Johnson.

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