fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Yemi Faseun." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:44:18 -0600

Dear Sir/Madam.

My name is Yemi Faseun , A staff of Stanbic Ibtc Bank Plc. I head the Banks
Treasury & Financial Services Department.
I am contacting you because i feel and believe that you could help in
transferring and accommodating such amount of money that I want to transfer
as fast as possible as the case may be.

This is to tell you the level of urgency needed. Due to the urgency of this
transfer, i want to believe you can assist by getting back to me.
The fund in question is gotten from over invoiced contract amount which is
ready to be transferred immediately. Its $10.5million Dollars.I am ready to
share 50/50 with you, all i need from you is maximum cooperation,trust and
confidence. Upon your response I will tell you what to do and it will only
take a few working weeks to get the fund transferred.
Please let me hear from you immediately only in my private emailbox:

Waiting to hear from you.

Yours Faithfully,

Yemi Faseun.

Anti-fraud resources: