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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: mariam nebulae <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:40:08 -0400 (EDT)


Dear Amarjit Singh

I am Marian N. Nebulae A 43yrs Old Woman From Angola

Currently as I was saying I am with AFRICAN CONGRESS headquarters here in DUBAI, I left my home Angola due the problem i am encountering with my (husband family), they are asking me to renounce the marriage certificate i had with me, the only documents that prove me married and legitimate heir to my husbands properties.

I was married to Col. Nebulae the former defense minister of Angola, so after his death his family confiscated everything that belongs to him, telling me that I am only but a foreigner to their own tribe, though we are all from the same Angola, they believe on the fact Since
I am not from LUANDA I have no right to my husbands property, but as God may have it I Have a document that my husband Kept with one of his attorney when he was alive that, in the case of death this Document should only be giving to me in respect of his son.
I have in my possession this document proving me as the rightful owner of this consignment deposited in a security company.
I ran away from home with the assistance of the AFRICAN CONGRESS , because if it was discovered that I have a documents stating that I should dispossess any of my husbands property I do not know what will happen next to me and my son. So as a result of this I ran away, currently I am in DUBAI,

The amount cash of the money is $16,5m USD
Please I need your assistance; I want to stop living like a pauper in his country. I want to leave here and go for a better life, please do render every assistance needed from you. Please do forward your contacts, real name, and address, private and secure tel. numbers, for a faster communications, so that this will enable me forward a letter of claim to the security company. Or you can talk to my son also with me in (Dubai) here. My son is free to talk to anybody who will be able to help us to claim this money out and share this with good percentage together as one.
with regards,
your lovely,
Marian. N. Nebulae.
Talk to my son,Peter Nebulae.

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