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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. Lillian Anderson" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 02:59:48 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Attention: I Need Your Help

Good day,

I know this seems like a complete intrusion on your privacy, but currently, this is my only option for communication with you. This might seem strange or probably untrue, because of the amount of bulk E-mail we receive everyday here in the U.K., but I think that this is still the most genuine way, to contact a real person in an English speaking country. I tried to contact you three weeks ago by mail, so far you have not replied (maybe it was a problem with the mail delivery) so I have decided to contact you by e-mail.

My name is Mrs. Lillian Anderson, a  woman, the widow of retired General Paul J. Anderson (former commander of the British Army and has served as Chief of Staff of the British Army). I am suffering from long-term cancer of the Breast. Recently, my conditon worsened, and the cancer has metastasized. It's very obvious that i will not survive past the next two months according to my medical reports.

My late husband was wealthy, and after his death, I inherited 60% of his business and wealth, our children have inherited the remains of 40%.

Since i will not survive the next few months, i've decided to share part of my wealth to contribute to the development of the under-privileged people anywhere in the world. This was the last wish of my husband, Rtd. General Paul J. Anderson, and I promised him that I would do everything possible to ensure that this wish would be fulfilled.

I am willing to give the sum of £6,800,000.00 (six million eight hundred thousand British Pounds) to you to donate to the less privileged in countries around the world.

My question is, can you help me to fulfill this wish? I must inform you that this fund is in a bank (INTERNATIONAL FINANCE FIRM) here in London, England, and on my instructions, you will be putting an application for the transfer of the fund in your name.

I honestly pray that this money when it is transferred to you, would be used for the fulfillment of this wish. I hope you know, as i now know, that wealth acquisition without christ is vanity.

For your help, you will be allowed to deduct 30% of the total amount (£ 6,800,000.00) for your personal efforts and preparation. This is to be deducted when the funds have been transfered.

Due to my unfortunate health condition, I have given all the deposit documents to my attorney in Liverpool, England  (since  the fund has been paid at the International Finance Firm in London, England).

Please contact me at my private e-mail address so that I instruct my lawyer to write to you. Here is my private e-mail address:



Finally, I pray and hope that if the money is finally transferred to you, you will (donate, to less privileged people in countries arround the world, 70% of the money) use it wisely according to my will and God.

Your's in Christ.

Mrs. Lillian Anderson

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