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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: "Mrs.Sharonica Denise Daniels" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:02:22 +0100

994 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025,
United State of America.
Dear Friend,
I am SHARONICA DENISE DANIELS, a citizen of New York City United States of America.
I am a good merchant,I spend all my life on investment and corporate business,unfortunately, I lost my husband and my two beautiful kids on the 24 November 2004 in Aircraft crash of the 97-seat Jumbolino Avero RJ-100 aircraft en route from Berlin, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland.The Aircraft crashed in poor weather conditions as it approached Zurich airport.
On 4th January,2009, I went for a medical check up and my personal doctor confirmed to me that I have a lung cancer,which can easily take off my life soon,I found it uneasy to survive myself, I quickly called a pastor to give me positive thinking on this solution and he advised me to donate all I have to the less-privileged in the society since I don't have any child that will inherit it.
So, I have decided to donate the fund which I deposited with a security company US$7.5 Million (Seven Million,Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars)to a non-governmental,or a non religious,or a non profit Organization or better still an individual that will utilize this money the way I have instruct herein. I want the Organization,or an individual that will use this funds which comes from my sweat to fund the upkeep of widows,widowers,orphans, destitute,the down-trodden, and physically challenged children.
So, I am writing this letter to any Organization or better still an individual that will utilize this money the way I have instructed.And as soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact information of my ATTORNEY whom I have entrusted everything regarding the claim of this fund in the security company where it was deposited. He will assist you secure all the required documents to make sure you claim this fund,and also, a POWER OF AUTHORITY will be issue to you on my behalf in this regards, making you the original beneficiary of this fund with other related documents.
Please assure me that you will act as I have stated above. Hope to hear from you soon and God bless you and members of your family.
Best Regards
Mrs.Sharonica Denise Daniels.

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