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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: Miss Malika Malone <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:52:05 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Important message {Miss Malika Malone}

Dearest one,

Many thanks for your prompt response to this message.I am very happy to request for your assistance and also to go into business partnership with you. I do believe that you will not betray my trust which i am going to lay on you.

I am very sorry to come to you in this way and any inconvenience this mail may bring, but i believe firmly that through the basis of humanitarian assistance my plea will be treated with favorable attention because of the dangerous post-electoral crisis in my country Ivory Coast presently.

My name is Ms. Malika Amah Malone,i am now 22years. I am the only daughter of Dr and Mrs. Richard Malone, from Ivory Coast. I am an orphan being that i lost my parents a couple of years ago.

My late father was into Cocoa & Coffee exportation.He was also into real estates properties and in the distribution of Oil & Gas .He was beaten several times with an iron rod and then shot to death, while my mother was raped and stabbed 28 times to death when a group of unknown gunmen invaded our residence three years ago following the political crisis in my country.

Before my father's horrible death he had deposited in a Financial Institution here in Ivory Coast in a dormant account a sum of $15.5m {Fifteen million five hundred thousand United States dollars} which was meant for the importation of cocoa processing machines and hospital equipments from his partners .I want you to do me a favor to receive this funds to a safe account in your country as the beneficiary and his partner.I have plan to do investment in your country, like in real estate and industrial production.This is my reason of writing you.

Please if you are willing to assist me please indicate your interest.I have mapped out 75% for myself as well and 25% for your cordial assistance .

Please call me immediately if you can assist me.The political crisis in my country is so bad now so this fund needs to be transferred as soon as possible.

I will be waiting for your call. Tel:+225 476 439 65.


Kind regards
Miss Malika Malone
Tel:+225 476 439 65

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