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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: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 20:21:53 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Coube Larry (CONFIDENCIAL)

Eu tenho David Coube Larry . e o 匀ico filho de meus pais atrasados Sr. e Sra. LARRY.
Eu herdei seis milh・ d・ares (6 000.000 USD) de meu pai atrasado e eu quero invest em seu pa・.
O dinheiro depositado na companhia de segurant e eu quero traz ・la a seu pai
Voce receber眤meu dinheiro atrasado do pai, quando voce tem me fornecer seu cliente de banco,porque Eu decidi-me sair aqui para vir a seu pai.
Pode voce responder a estes a pergunta,To ajuda-me.
1.Are voce certo ajudar-me como sua familia nova?
2, Posso eu completamente confiar em voce
3,que porcentagem da quantidade total na pergunta ser boa para vocedepois que voce me ajuda reivindicar o dinheiro.
Hello Dear,
Permit me to inform you of my mind, Because I have make up my mind to write to you this way. however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.
I am David Coube Larry. the only son of my late parents Mr and
My late father was a highly reputable business merchant in a cocoa who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days.
Unfortunately I loosed him mysteriously,He died in France during one of his business trips abroad last year octomber 2005. though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle , who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth.
He deposited the sum of ($6,000 000 00) money with my name in security company .
Now l want to used it for good business l wish for my good living.
I need your assistant to bring this money out from the security company in Africa and to invest this money in your Country. I don't want to invest this money in Africa because of my status as i wouldn't want eye browse on me, and also for security reasons.
It is my desire to invest this money in Agriculture Industry or any other business you may suggest.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set back as a result of family enemity and incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.
Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few question:
1.Can you honestly help me as your new family?
2.Can I completely trust you?
3.what percentage of the total amount in question
will be good for you after the money is in your country?
Please, Consider this and get back to me through my personal mailbox at:(
Thank you so much.
My sincere regards,
David Coube Larry .

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