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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: "emmanuel ede12" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:14:46 +0100
Subject: Hello Gentleman,

Hello Gentleman,

I am Mr. Emmanuel Ede, an accountant officer with Our Bank,here in Cotonou
Benin. I gathered your information from my country's international chamber
of trade and commerce, The business I am about to introduce is basedon sheer
trust and with a sense of purpose.I am contacting you to assist in
repatriating the sum of ($15.2M)u.S dollars.The money and property left
behind by Dr.Joseph who died accidentally On the 21st of April 2000, Dr
Joseph obi, his wife and their two Children were killed by rebels on the
past crisis in Liberia during the Time of their formal president Charles
Taylor near their village called Kuru .I gathered all this information
through a good source after my several routine note to his forwarding
address. Because he had served here in Cotonou Benin as a business
consultant with the Benin National Petroleum & Gas Corperation.BNPGC and a
special ass advise to the OPEC.

Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy here
in Cotonou Benin to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also
proved unsuccessful to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you
as his account officer to work with you before the fund get confiscate or
declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly. Now the management has been dlibrating on how to revert this
fund to the bank privacy and Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 3 years now,I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin to the deceased since you are a foriegner so that the proceeds
of this account valued at $15.200,000:00 can be paid to you and then you and
I can share the money. 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% will be maped out
for any miscellaneous expenses that might incure in the cause of this

I have all the necessary legal documents to back up this claim, and this I
must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong
hands. All I require is your honest and sincere co-operation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee you that this transaction will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any
breach of the law. Reply me through my e-mail address (Looking forward to
hear from you at this private e-mail for security purpose.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Emmanuel Ede


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