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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: Maxwell James <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 09:44:35 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Friend,

My name is maxwell James I am 31yrs old and a student.Please I would like you to assist me as urgent as you can before they kill me.My father is a wealthy King in our province. Trouble began early last year when my father's associates began suspecting that my father is not giving proper accounts of all the money being paid by Oil company(Shell)for compasension of youth in our area RIVER STATE NIGERIA for development. This mistrust deepens between oct-sept,2002 when there was news that my father deposited big some of money in a security company.

As a result of this discovery and the enviness of the money,he was
poisioned by his associates. At his hospital bed, he revealed to me the reasons of his sickness.He directed me where to get the documents of the said
deposit,that he made me the next of kin being the only child.He advise me that
if he dies, that I should not stay in the country because his associates will equally kill me hence my mother died five yrs ago of breast cancer. He dircted me if he dies that I should look for a foreign partner who will help me to transfer the money into the person's account and the person will help me to invest the money in that country.

Since the death of my father, I was out of school and went into hiding because
of my father's associates. All the relevant documents of the $18,5000,000,00(eighteen million five hundred thousand U.S dollars) that was
deposited in a security company are with me now. I am ready to give you 30% of this money,if you can help me bring out this money from the security company and transfer it into your account for onward investment in your country.

Please contact me immediately with the above E-mail address and include
your telehone and Fax number to enable me send you necessary documents as regards the money before they kill me.Please this transaction is 100% risk free. I'm waiting for your urgent

Best regards,
maxwell James

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