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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:

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 14:57:32 +0400

From: Miss Emma Douff/Miss.Rose Douff

Attn: Sir/Madam,


I am Miss Emma Douff the first daughter of late former Director of finance, Mr Koumassi Douff from Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.I must confess my that agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal.

My late father diverted this fund acquired from the over-influencing of price of sales/purchasing of raw materials, now he has deposited the money with BICICI BANK Abidjan COTE D'IVOIER BY FIXED DEPOSIT FORM,and he attached a strict clause to the fund in bracket (PAY ONLY ON ADVICE),where I am residing under political assylum with my younger sister Rose who is 14years old.

Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who served under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their asset, it is on this notethat I am contacting you, all I needed from you is to furnish me with your bank particulars:

1. Your Full Name.

2. Your Address both Home & Office.

3. Your Telephone and fax n° for easy communication.

4. The name of your Bank.

5. Address of your bank.

6. Telephone & Fax of your bank.

7. Your Account Number.

8. The Account Beneficiary's Name.

9. Sort Code, Swift Code etc.

As soon as I receive this detail information, the Bank will be instructed to effect the change of Account to your name as my WILL beneficiary .

For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account, the said amount is (Twenty seven Million Dollars) $27 Million.I am compensating you with 20% of the total money amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country, were their is stability of Government, political and economic welfare.Honestly I want you to believe that this transactionis real and never a joke.

My late father Mr Koumassi Douff gave me the photocopies of the certificate of deposit issued to him by BICICI BANK ABIDJAN on the date of deposit, and he called me closer to his bed side before his call to glory (R.I.P) that I should pray to God first, before contacting any foreginer and he warned me stricly that I should avoid African men with their greed and evil mind since this is the only legacy weare inheriting from him.

Sir,this is for you to be clarified because, I do not expose my self to any body I see, I believe that you are able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my life, it is important.

Please call me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill free and make it urgent.

That is the reason why I offered you 20% of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incure during this transaction inluding your telephone calls.

N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risk free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account and you will be our guiardian, personally I am interested in estate management and hotel business, please advise me.

Thanks and God bless

Best regards

Miss Emma Douff

NB: my late father used me the first daughter as the beneficiary / next of kin on the day of deposit and also told me I need assistance of a foreigner with a legitimate bank Account abroad who will stand as co-beneficiary and partner abroad.

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