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:

Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 04:50:06 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?AN=20EMAIL=20FROM=20WILSON=20SAHIRU=2CYOUR=20URGENT=20REPLY=20NEEDED=2E?=

Dear friend,

I know that this is not the best way to contact you with
this proposal,considering the act of fraud in the world today. but this
is the easiest and cheapest medium for me that is why i am doing so.
My name is Wilson Sahiru i am 20yrs old from the Republic of Sudan and the
only survivng son of Dr. Benjamine Sahiru.My main purpose of contacting
you is that i am the next of kin to this ammount $15,000,000mUSD.My foreign
pathner who was surposed to help me in recieving this money in a trunk box
which is with a diplomat unfortunately died in a plane crash,which is why
i decided to search for another beneficiary who is trust worthy to help
me in collecting this fund from the diplomat in london.I am presently in
a refugee camp in Ghana.Please tell me if you can meet with the diplomat
in london and when you get to him i shall send you the secrete code number
to open the box,and take some money out from it and send it over to me so
that i will be able to obtain a visa to london.
I would also like to know from you what percentage of the
money you will take after you have claimed the box from the diplomat
What area of investment opportunites are sure in your country.
Please come up with your full information and i shall have time to time
discussions with you before i can give you the contact of the diplomat in
london and also send you all the documents used in delivering the trunk
box to london.
Please i want you to treat this as a confidential proposal and may God bless
I will also need you to contact me with more information about yourself
through this e-mail
Yours Faithfully,
Wilson Sahiru

Anti-fraud resources: