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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: helen kuma <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:44:56 +0200
Subject: From Helen Kuma.

>From Helen Kuma.
C/O: Refugee camp-AbidjanRepublic Of Cote D'Ivoire

Dearest One,

I am delighted to write to you,I am sorry if this mail comes to you as an embarrassment or a surprise, I just felt like empting myself to you, to confide in you as i faced with total frustration and hardship. My Ernest prayer is that you find this mail in good health and blessings. My name is Helen Kuma, The only Daughter of (Late Chief Adam keita Kuma) who lost his life in the course of the crisis here in Cote D'ivoire on the 7th of November last year on his way to his office. My late father was a cocoa machant. My father deposited the sum of $8 .2 Million US Dollars in a financial institution here in Abidjan Cote D ivoire in west Africa, which I have with me all the required document to transfer this money into your account.

Dearest one, why i seek your assistance is the condition, which the bank gave to me that my father have an agreement with them on this conditions.

(1) That I must be 30 years and above or to look for a foreign investor to help me invest the money in a good business.

(2) That upon request for the release of the fund, there must be evidence of investment intentions. I contacted you therefore to confirm if you can absorb me in partnership in your company or possibly assist me on any investment opportunity in your country. When I reach agreement with you, the financial institution will release the fund to you and I will come over to your country to commence business partnership with you and as well complete my education.

All I want is your sincerity and genuine help, helping me to see that this fund is released to you and come to your country were you will also help me invest this fund in a very good business as soon its released. I cannot allow the money remains here, why because of the political crisis and my relatives which possess a great risk to me as my life and future solely lies on it. I will like to live here as soon as the funds is released out of this country,Please you can indicate to me how much percentage you want for assistance and in the conclution of all transaction.

Dear if you are touched to help me, kindly reply me with your addresses, mobile telephone and fax so that I will detail you more.

Thanks for your cooperationand remain blessed. Helen Kuma.
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