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: "edwige sako" <>
Date: Sat, 08 Aug 2009 12:28:37 +0200
Subject: Dearest one,

Dearest one,
In a brief introduction, I am (20 years) the only surviving child of late parents. I am in possession of some documents covering the deposit of US$10.5 Million (Ten million, five hundred thousand US dollars) which my late father deposited in one bank in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire.

Before his death, I have verified the transaction with the bank here and its euthenics is clear. This fund is of no criminal origin as it was realised from sales of the alluvial gold dust.I am soliciting for your kind assistance in retrieving and claiming this fund from the bank here as my father's business associate and have it transferred to your account in your country for investment.

You will also serve as my guardian and to this fund as I’m not at all knowledgeable in the international business world due to my tender age, I will give you further details as soon as I hear from you, and we will discuss terms and percentage subsequently but you must treat highly confidential and alsogive your direct phone number for more discuss, Please kindly reply me with this my private mail:edwige02_sako@live.frI await for your response.Best wishesMiss Edwige Sako

Anti-fraud resources: