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: "Mr. David De Ansha" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:37:46 -0700

From: Mr. David De Ansha
Central Bank Sao Tome
Yon Gato Central Square ,
P.O. Box 13, Sao Tome & Principe

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. David De Ansha, the accounting officer-in charge of the Private
investment section of the above named bank. I have decided to contact you
on a business Transfer that requires confidentiality, Trust and
transparency, where both of us have a lot to Benefit, during my
investigation and auditing in the Accounts section, my department came
across a huge sum of money Belonging to a deceased person who is a
foreigner who died On January 7, 2005 in an auto crash.

The said amount is ($21 million US Dollars) As it might interest you to
know, I got your contact Through international business enquiry and my
search for a trust worthy business Partner that can handle a business of
this magnitude Meanwhile all arrangement to put claim to this fund in Your
name as the next of kin to the deceased, And get the required approval to
transfer this money To a foreign account, has been put in place.

While the next line of action to conclude this transaction in the next 10
working days, Will be relayed to you as Soon as you indicate your interest
in this Transaction.


Yours faithfully,
Mr. David De Ansha

Anti-fraud resources: