fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



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

Fraud email example:

From: patricia kinti <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 11:02:52 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From : PATRICIA KINTI

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
West Africa.
Please reply me through this my private e-mail:

Dear One

It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country, Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk, confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of money (Three million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars) which I inherit from my late fether, in a Bank here in Cote'd ivoire before he was assasinated by unknown persons. Now I decieded to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security purposes. I want you to help me to transfer this fund into your country for investment purposes on the followings below:

International School.
Five star hotel.
Real Estate investment.

If you can be of an assistance to me I will be pleased to offer you 20% Of the total fund.

Thank for your effort and may God bless you.


Marre d'une boite pleine de spams ? Adoptez le tout nouveau Yahoo! Mail et son son filtre anti-spams perfectionnés.

Marre d'une boite pleine de spams ? Adoptez le tout nouveau Yahoo! Mail et son son filtre anti-spams perfectionnés.

Anti-fraud resources: