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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: "Martin Mase" <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 09:30:06 -0000
Subject: =?koi8-r?B?SSByZXF1ZXN0IHlvdXIgc2luY2VyZSB3aWxsaW5nbmVzcyBhbmQgdHJ1c3QuS2luZGx5IHJlcGx5?=

I request your sincere willingness and trust.Kindly reply

Ref : ABY/NRI-ACCT/7878256589/04

My Name is Mr.Martin Mase.

I am the auditor and head of computing department of my Bank Branch here in
United Kingdom .

There is an account opened in this bank in 2003 and since my inception into
office on 2nd Jan 2009. I found this account and when I investigated deeply
to contact the assigned next of kin, I also found that the next of kin to
this account an american who lived in London for over 63Yrs is no more and
nobody has operated on this account again after 2004. I took the courage to
look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important
transaction in order to transfer out $100,000,000 (One Hundred Million U.S
After going through some old files, I discovered that if I do not Remit this
money out urgently,it will be forfeited for nothing and the Bank might
divert the funds to their own accounts.

Please respond immediately I will use my position and influence to effect
the legal approval and onward transfer of this fund into your account with
appropriate clearance from foreign payment department. You will stand to get
40% while 60% will be for me.Kindly quote the reference (acct) numbers above
when responding to this mail.

I will fill you in with further details upon your reply .You can call me
directly on this private telephone number Tel : + 44 702 408 1938 so we can
discuss more on how to transfer this funds to your designated account in
your country.

Reply to my private email:

Sincerely yours,
Mr.Martin Mase.

Martin Mase

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