fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: h j <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:09:46 +0100
Subject: Mrs.Helen Jonathan Oliko

Dear, I crave your indulgence at sending this mail coming from somebody you have not known before. I decided to do this after praying over the situation.You should please consider the transaction on its content and not the fact that you have not known me before.

I need not dwell on how I came by your contact information because there are many such possibilities these days.I would like to introduce myself as Mrs.Helen Jonathan Oliko, of Republic of Benin, widow to Late Hon.Helen Jonathan Oliko(forConsular of the Benin Embassy in Madrid, Spain. I have recently been daigonosed of Cancer of the Pelvics. I am writing from my sick bed with the help of my house keeper joy. There is this US$18.5Million my husband has in an account with the Bank Financial Bank,Benin of which I am the next of kin. With my health condition and because my husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of next of kin based on my unwell condition. This person will apply to the bank and request for the transfer of the fund to his/her bank account, this on the condition that the fund in questioned will be used for the less previlege people in the society. This is in fulfilment of the last request of my husband that a substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the less previleged.

If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately with your full names and contact information so that I will give you details of the Bank so that you will contact the bank and request in application that you want the fund transferred to you.
I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time the fund will be transfered into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund is used as i have described above. though the Doctor said I few months to live because of my health condition sated above.Response to I look forward to your response.
Yours,Mrs.Helen Jonathan Oliko
Lancez des recherches en toute sécurité depuis n'importe quelle page Web. Téléchargez GRATUITEMENT Windows Live Toolbar aujourd'hui !

Anti-fraud resources: