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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: "YOUSUF MOHAMMED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 02:43:29 -0000

Dearest One,

I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable person/company for partnership investments overseas,I am also believing that you will not expose or betray the trust and confidence I am about to
establish with you. I have decided to contact you with greatest delight and personal respect. Well, I am yousuf mohammed,son to Dr.Ibrahim mohammed late former Director of
finance Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.
Few days before the death my father, he confided in me and ordered me to go to his underground safe and move out immediately, with a Deposit Agreement and Cash Receipt he made with a BANK in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire
where he deposited USD$ 22 million dollars cash(TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS).This money was made from the sells of Gold and Diamond by my father and he have already decided to use this money for future investment of the family.
Thereafter, I rushed down to Abidjan with these two documents and confirmed the deposit of the fund by my father. Also, I have been granted political stay as a Refugee by the Government of Cote d'Ivoire. Meanwhile, my father have instructed me to look for a trusted foreigner
who can assist me to move out this money from Cote d'Ivoire immediately for investment. Based on this,I solicit for your assistance to transfer this fund into your
Account, but I will demand for the following requirement:

(1) Could you provide for me a safe Bank Account where this fund will be transferred to in your country or another nearby country where taxation will not take great toll on the money?

(2) Could you be able to introduce me to a profitable business venture that would not require much technical expertise in your country where part of this fund will be invested ?

Please, all these requirements are urgently needed as it will enable me to establish a stronger business relationship with you hence I will like you to be the general overseer of the investment there after. I am trusthing you and I will please want you to handle this transaction based on the trust I have established on you.
For your assistance in this transaction, I have decided to offer you 20% percent commission of the total amount at the end of this business. The security of this business is very important to me and as such,I would like you to keep this business very confidential.If you are willing to assist me.
Please kindly reply me immediately. I shall expect your urgent response
thanks.Please for urgency assistance contact me through this email addresse or call me 00225 01330628.

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