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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: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 14:05:48 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Attn: Hr. Baldwin Bach, URGENT INFORMATION Call me on this line 234-806-0965-441( MR ROBERT KUKU)

Attn: Hr. Baldwin Bach,

I have received your mail indicating your interest to assist me receive this fund.

I quite appreciate that from you. I will also like to receive your mobile phone or any number that I can use reach you because this transaction need communication, please send me your contact telephone numbers where you can be reached because I hope by now the financial institution where the fund is currently being deposited will have being trying to reach you and all to be no avail and also with your marital status. This will enable me to know your capability to handle this fund when you have received it. Once again I thank you for the audience and your accordance to assist as we should proceed and I will like to speak with you through the telephone as soon as possible on your favour as the new beneficiary of the fund.

With this reference, I want you to be aware that as soon as the security company contact you from their security company Affiliate Office in Madrid Spain and you should start making an arrangement to travel to Madrid Spain where the fund is currently being deposit with AFFILIATED SECURITIES for your onward collation because all arrangement has been concluded with the AFFILIATED SECURITIES for you to go over there and sign off the fund release order with them.

Originally, the fund was deposited in Nigeria but due to high tax rate with your governmental agency, the fund then be sent to the security company’s affiliated office in Spain for your claim and that will be the easiest way and thereafter you can open an account with them transfer the fund to you Bank in Germany.

I will made you to understand that I will compensating you with 45% of the total fund as soon as you receive it from the AFFILIATED SECURITIES IN SPAIN while 10% will be mapped out for our-self on all the expenses both of us made for the conclusion of this transaction both international and local expenditures while I will keep 45%. As soon as you have taken received of the fund from Madrid Spain.

I am at this juncture advice you to stop every other arrangement and comply with this directive.Note that you will be required to pay the AFFILIATED SECURITIES IN SPAIN on your arrival to the DIPLOMATIC AFFILIATED SECURITIES IN SPAIN,their required fees sum and it will be equivalent to you before they will hand - over of the consignment fund to you.

In addition, I shall send a representative Barrister from here to meet with you as soon as you confirm to me the date of your arrival to Madrid Spain to be with you and guide you properly on what to do to avoid any mistake of any kind as he knows much about the transaction and both you will go together to meet with the Diplomat to pay for their required fees to enable them release the consignment to you. You should understand that the Diplomat Official of the security in Spain does not know the contents of the consignment as money except you, my Barrister who will represent over there in Spain.

Please confirm receipt of this mail and you have not been communicate well in this transaction,it is very important that you communicate to me urgently in this matter especially now that the consignment cash has leave for your collation.

I will advice you on when my representative will leave to meet with you as soon as I hear from you the on date that you will be going over there in Spain and I hope that the DIPLOMATIC AFFILIATED SECURITIES IN SPAIN will reach you by Email any moment from now.

This is my new private number please call me : 234-806-0965-441

In will be expecting to hear from you urgently.

Best regards,


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