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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: "Joseph M. Scialabba" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 02:02:03 -0700 (PDT)

Dearest In The Lord,
Hello and how are you, hope you are fine and in good condition of health.I want you to understand that my contact with you is not by accident, It is true that we have not known each other for the first time but just getting to know one another which I strongly believe that it will take us to great relationship financially and otherwise. Before I continue with my discussion with you, let me introduce myself in details. 
I am Joseph M. Scialabba the only  son of late Mr. and Mrs  Jerry Scialabba. My father was a very wealthy Timber Dealers and cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast. my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip ..My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. 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 US$ 2,500,000 ( two million five hundred thousand, United states Dollars) left in a security company here in Abidjan cote D¢voire. He place my name as next of kin, and also gave the documents pertaining the consignment to me. He also explained to me that it was because of this  wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this
money and use it to invest in a profitable ventures.
I am just 22 years old and a university undergraduate. I  have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of members of  my late father's family who has not stop disturbing me about the where about of this fund after they have succeeded in claiming almost all the valuable properties that he left behind for me, coupled with incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life I will like every thing to be conclude soon so that I will join you for me further my study and also prefer to go pastoral school in your country.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.
1)To help me transferred of the fund to your destination account in your country.
(2)To serve as the guardian of this fund during and after the transaction. since I am just 22  years.
(3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money has been transferred and invest.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 10% of the total sum as compensation for your effort / input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account in overseas. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within some days you signify your interest to assist me.  I will appreciate your early
responds. Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God Bless.
 Best regards,
Joseph M. Scialabba.

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