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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: Alice Kanga <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 23:32:50 +0900 (JST)



Dear Guardian,

Good day to you over there, I am delighted to write to you. I am sorry if this mail will come to you as an embarrassment or a surprise, I just felt like emptying myself to you, to confide in you, as am faced with total frustration and hardship.
My Ernest prayer is that you find this mail in good health and blessings. To introduce myself my name is Miss Alice Jennifer KANGA. The only daughter of late Mr. And Mrs.Francis KANGA. My father was a very wealth Cocoa & Gold Merchants in Abidjan, the economic capital of our country Ivory Coast,

My father was attacked by unknown assassins during the political war crisis that going on in our country Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) since year 2002. My mother died when I was a two years old during her childbirth and since then my father took me so special as only child. Before the death
of my father on november 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of twelve Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. USD($12.500,000) left in one of the private security/finances trust services house here in
Abidjan Ivory Coast that he deposited & decleared it values as a family valuables such as Gold, Jewelry and family belongings for security reason that he used my names her only daughter for the next of kin in depositing of the consignment with this company's.

However, before last breathing of my father he advised & instructed me that I should seek for a foreign guardian in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management for my life safety because presently
now I am not at the legal age to claim the consignment unless I have a guardian.

Therefore,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 you these few questions:-

(1)Can you help me for the retrievements of this fund on my behalf in the
security custody here and to help me to provide a bank account in which this fund would be transferred into?

(2)Can you stand as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years old?

(3)Can you kindly help me to make an arrangement to come over to your country to further my Education and to secure a resident permit in your country?

(4) Can you honestly take me as your own and help me?

(5) Can I completely trust you?

(6) What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your account?

Please,consider this and get back to me as soon as possible because my life is not safe here due to the situation of our country at present and again since thereafter the death of my father all my uncles here are always after my life, been I am only daugther and the next of kin to all the
properties then they start jealous of me and my presence here still be disturbing them and presently now I am staying with one of my childhood friends here due to lack of security to my life. That is the reason I quickly has my contact with you today, I want to leave here for your end as soon as
you assist me to transfer out of this my fund inheritance into any of your safe bank account in your stable country and then send me some amount to enable me prepare to meet with you for me to resides finally, finish my study and invest the money with you by your own permission and directives.
without your assistance I will find it difficult to transfer the said funds myself alone with my little experience.Please kindly let me know your plan for me and also let me know how best you can do to assist me out.

Hopefully to hear from you ASAP?

Best Regards,

Your respectful one,

Miss Alice Kanga.

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