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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 Ibrahim Amina Zaid < >
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:54:58 -0800

Good Day Sir, I am Ibrahim Amina Zaid from Malaysia, I am contacting you in respect of my late husband's fund worth US$4.5Million deposited in fixed deposit account in a local bank in Malaysia. Though he died as a result of kidney problem. As a result of this, the bank has contacted me with a notice that the account will be confiscated and the fund will be transfered to the Country's Treasury if it is not claimed. I have already developed a full proof, legal and totally risk free means through which the fund can be released within a very short period of time after due documentation and authentication process. The strategy is to get a reliable person whom i can trust and invest this fund in his or her country with his or her assistance. I want a situation where by you assist me to make this investment a success . I will be offering you 40% of the fund for your foreign assistance as long as you can help me out in carrying out this project effectively without insinuating greed and selfishness. i would like to visit your country before this fund will be realesed to me so that we will make an inqueiry concerning the project and best esterblishment to invest in your country. If you are interested to help me, with all gratitude i will alocate to you the agreed percentage of this fund which is 40percent. Please forward the following informations to me to indicate your interest. NAME: AGE: OCCUPATION: MARITAL STATUS: PHONE AND FAX NUMBER RESIDENCE ADDRESS: E-mail: Yours sincerely Mrs Ibrahim Amina Zaid

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