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: Georata Cynthia <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:02:08 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: I greet you in the name of the lord.

I greet you in the name of the lord.

we hope that we are not embarrassing you with this mail because you did not expect it or know us before but kindly forgive us because we are in danger right now. I am Cynthia Georata. 18 years and my younger Brother joel 16 years old, we are from Cote d'lvoire and we are the only children of late Mr and Mrs yaya georata. our late father is among the presidential Cabinet here in cote d'ivoire.

the reason we are contacting you is that we had a presidential crises here in cote d'ivoire, after the election 2010 presidential election in this country, both parties Allassane and Gbagbo and that resolved to the war that we had, because our late father was the Cabinet of opposition party Lauren Gbagbo, the people of the opposition stormed into our house, our parents were both shot to death instantly and our house was burnt down by unknown men, me and Favour escaped that night to near by compound, we know that it was the help of GOD not by our powers. as we are contacting you right now, we are in danger right now we are still hiding in one local church, the people that killed our parents are after our lives now to make sure that our family are drastically wiped off.

Please, brethren in Christ, when my father was alive he deposited some amount in the Bank here with our names, it's the sum $2,000,000, two Million dollars, he said that we will use the money to invest when we grow up. Please, i want you to step forward as our foreign partner so that you will help us secure our live and fund into your country so that me and my younger Brother will come over there and continue our education and use the rest of the money for any investment prefered by you in your country.

Please let GOD use you to save our souls.

your sincerely,
Cynthia and Joel georata

Anti-fraud resources: