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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: "fine blades" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:43:44 +0200

*Attn Sir.*
* *

Before I proceed I must first apologize for this unsolicited letter to you,
I am aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approach to
establish a relationship of trust, but you will realize the need for my
action. My name is Barrister Victor Baldes of the Baldes Chambers in
Madrid Spain Actually, I got your contact Information through the * *public
records while searching for a last name similar to my Late client * *a
business magnate in Spain , for Fifteen years, but unfortunately he died
along with his family during the Tsunami catastrophic, which occurred on Sunday
26 December 2004.

Before his death; he deposited One Trunk Box/Diplomatic Personal Valuables,
containing the sum of ($12.8 Million) with a security company here in Spain
, but he did not disclose the content of deposited diplomatic consignment to
the security company, for security reasons. The security company have
mandated me to present any family heir/inheritor for claims, before the
consignment gets confiscated or reverts to the *Bureau of *Diplomatic
Security*,* as unclaimed diplomatic immunity. So I decided to search for
any of my late client's relative to no avail, as he did not declare any
other person, address, partner or relatives in the official paper works of
his diplomatic consignment deposit, hence the need to contact you.

Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you to
stand as the next of kin to my late client* *since you both share the same
last name so that the diplomatic consignment will be released to you. With
my position as his lawyer, I will now place your name as* *the next of kin
to my late client. I will obtain relevant documents that will assist your
claims, and facilitate the release of the consignment.

Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, as all modalities to
actualize the operation effectively are in place and the consignment once
released to you will be shared in two equal half (50/50) ($6.4 Million each)

Kindly indicate your response to this letter via the stated email, ** for further clarifications. Also please be kind to get back
to me, if you are not willing to work with me, so that I can further my
search for another partner.
Always reply me through this email. **
Kind Regards,
Mr.Victor Baldes

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