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: ixx kkk <>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 09:53:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Mrs.Monica Peter

Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ, I am the former Mrs. Monica Peter, a widow to late Musa Peter, I am 47 years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I won’t live more than six months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband was killed during the U.S raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, and during the period of our
marriage we could not produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his businesses and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than six months, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to distribute to the development of the church in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. I selected you after visiting the website. And I prayed over it. I am willing! To donate the sum of $1.8 million U.S dollars to you for the less privilege. Please I want you to note that this fund is lying in Escrow account and upon my instruction, my attorney, who presently is in Africa distributing relief materials to victims of bomb blast in (Abidjan), will file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name.
Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity. May the grace of our lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family?
I await your urgent reply.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs.Monica Peter.

Looking for the perfect gift? Give the gift of Flickr!

Anti-fraud resources: