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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: Glory Daniel <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 01:46:49 -0700 (PDT)

From Glory Daniel

My Dear,

Good day to you, I hope fine, dear am writing this mail with due respect and heartful of tears, sorrow and pains in my heart, since i have not known or met ourselves previously I am asking for your assistance,i have gone through your profile and will be very glad if you can render me assistance to my situation now. I will make my proposal well known if I am given the opportunity. I would like to use this opportunity to introduce my self to you.

I am Glory Daniel, a 20 years old young girl from Cote' Ivoire, the only daughter of Late Mr .D.Ukata, my father and mother was Assassinated when i was 12 years old, i still in primary six in school and One of my fathers best friend rushed to our school and pick me to republic of Senegal where i was with him and his family
and continue my study and after some years he was illed before he died, i was 18 years old then and he called me, give me all the document concerning my fathers properties and the deposit account, he collected from my fathers lawyer in my country and directed me to his family lawyer.may his soul rest in peace.

When Mr.Donard John, my father best friend died and his family started matreatig me, i left the family house to Refugee camp were i live now. My father is Former Assistant Director Of Cote'Ivoire Gold And Coco Mining Corporation before his death . The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek for your assistance in the area of future investment and also my father left some huge
amount of money for me,which i want you to help me and invested in

his money is Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars($U.S10,500,000) which was deposited some years ago by my late father,he made me the sole beneficiary/next of kin to the money. I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to make this claim for the bank , I am a young girl and too young in age i can't handle this can of transaction, i want you to stand as my foreign partner oversea and also to help me on investment of the money am ready to offer you 35%of this money has your own intrest once you help me in claiming the money from the bank . I will give you details about the deposit as you respond to my request

Yours Sincerely
Glory Daniel

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