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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: "Julie Russel" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:29:06 +0100
Subject: EMERGENCY!!!

Dear Beloved,

Please for the love of GOD,pay attention to this mail.

Having known the truth, about my sickness that it has no cure and that is
cancer, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of
God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of Gods mercy and
glory upon my life.

I am Mrs Julia Russell.I am married to Engr. Da Le Vega Russell who worked
with Chevron/Mobile oil in West Africa, Ghana and Libya for twenty four
years before he died in the year 2004.We were married for twenty-seven years
without a child. He was held hostage and slain to death by protesting youths
of the region. Since his death I decided not to re-marry.When my late
husband was alive his life savings which he summed up and paid into a bank
that amounted to $12.5 USD.

Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote
me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a
letter of
authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

Considering my health status,i can not live the hospital premises.I`m with
my laptop in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer
of the breast. I have soon lost my ability to talk and hear clearly well and
my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last
wish to see that this money is invested and at the end of every year the
interest on such investment is distributed among charity organization, and
orphanage home. I want a person that is God fearing that will use this money
to fund orphanages and help in humanitarian work. Help in the eradication of
poverty, with the little that $12.5million can do.

I took this decision because i know that there are a lot of poor people
suffering from different kind of disease and nobody to come to their aid.
With God all things are possible. I also took this decision because I don`t
have any child That will inherit this money and I don`t Want my husbands
Hard-earned money to be misused.I am not afraid of Death hence I know where
I am Going. If you know truthfully that you can do exactly what i wish to
use this money to do,Please for GOD's send me the following information:

1 your full name.

2 phone number.

3 your residential address.

I want somebody that will use this fund for the service of God and humanity.

If you can honestly, do this that i request, I will be glad to hand you over
the said $12.5million USD . I hope to hear from you.



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