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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: lady abacha <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 10:37:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Best Regards,

Dear Friend,

Compliments of the season.I did like to send to you the best wishes of good
health and success in your pursuits particularly through my proposal as
contained in this letter. i may not wish to disclose how I got your email
address for now. After due deliberation with my son, I decided to forward
to you this business proposal, we want you to assist us .
I will give you
more information. As to this regard as soon as you reply.
I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha,the widow of the late Gen.Sani Abacha former Nigerian
Military Head of State who died mysteriously as a result of Cardiac Arrest.
Since after my husband's death my family is under restriction of movement
and that not with standing,we are being molested,policed and our Bank Account
both here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigerian
Civilian Government.

Further more, my elder son have been in detention in the last four years
following the death of my late husband for charges of State organized murder
and corrupt practices. he was just been released by the Supreme Court after
the president brokered a deal with my family regarding his freedom. and
he is still under interrogation about my late husband's assets and some
vital documents. Following the recent discovery of my husband's Bank Account
by the Nigerian Government with Swiss Bank in which the huge sum of $625m
in dollar notes and another £75m in pounds sterling was recovered.
I therefore decided to contact you in confidence that I was able to move
out the sum of US$14.3m Dollars, sealed in two Metal Boxes for security

I therefore personally appeal to you seriously and religiously for your
urgent assistance to move this money in to your country where I believe
it will be safe since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction
of movement imposed on the members of my family by the Nigerian Government.
I am seriously considering to settle down abroad in a friendly atmosphere
like yours as soon as this fund get into your account so that I can start
all over again if only you wish, please do not let me out to the security
as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence.

I believe you know that the only thing we need from each other is TRUST
and to see that it remains confidential. hence my approach to you due to
security network placed on my day to day affairs I cannot afford to visit
the embassy so that is why I decided to contact you. You can contact me
through my email address as above and I shall ask my son Mohammed to come
over to your country to liaise with you.

If this proposal satisfies you, please contact me with the following important
information. Like Your full names, mailing address, PersonalPhone / Fax
Numbers for easy communication.

This transaction will last for 14 working days from the time we submit the
required information, as all modalities concerning this transaction have
been worked out and it is completely risk ree.Please be informed that this
subject is classified sensitive.Therefore treat the transaction with utmost
confidentiality and urgency.

However,as soon as you indicate your interest my son shall send you the
related documents so that you can help to claim the Luggage and subsequently
transfer to your personal or company's account.

Conclusively,we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum,10% will be
for expenses incurred during thecause of thi stransaction, while 60% is
to be held on trust by you until we can decide on a suitable business investment
in your country subsequent to our free movement by the Nigerian Government.
Please reply urgently and treat with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Best Regards,



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