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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: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:08:05 -0200

>From : Thomas Kwajafa,


I'm the cousin to Foday Sankoh the leader of the revolutionary United
front, a rebel unit fighting the government of Alh. Tijan kabbah of republic

As a security adviser to the leader of our unit, Foday sankoh, I was sent a
mission to purchase Arms from SOUTH AFRICA . The Arms worth US$
36,000,000.00 (Thirty six million Us Dollars ) this some was generated from
the sales of Diamond that we got from the northern part of the country under
R.U.F control.

With the help of former president Charles Taylor of Liberia, who was
covertly supporting our rebel unit, this amount was brought to South Africa
with some Diamonds under diplomatic coverage of Liberia.

Unfortunately, for the unit and most fortunately for me, the South Africa
Government refused to sell to us the weapons we ordered this was due to
various sanctions impose on our rebel unit (R.U.F) by the Ecowas ( Economic
community of west Africa States) O.A.U ( Organization of Africa unity ) and
the UNITED NATIONS and going by the massive destruction of lives and
infrastructure by this war.

I decided to decamp. This money is currently deposited with PRIVATE
SECURITY COMPANY in ( SPAIN ) As I do not have anywish of going back to

I now want to shift this money out of this country ( SPAIN ) Since this
said amount was deposited there as ( DIAMOND ) for security purpose.

Therefore, I would please need your help to shift this said money under
your guidance, where it will be safe for investment and business.

When we are through with the remittance, you shall be entitle to 45% of the
total sum and 50% for me, while 5% is set aside for any contingencies
incurred by both parties.

I need your urgent assistance and do not hesitate to CONTACT me as soon as
you receive this letter on these below E MAIL addresses of mine.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Kwajafa.

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