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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: Victoria Douglas <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:25:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Please I need your help

My Dear friend

My name is Victoria,am 23years old from Russia, actually my spirit told me that you are someone who is so caring and honest so i think i should open up my secret to you now. you have shown me through your message that you want to know me well and now i have the feelings that you are trust worthy person but please keep this secret between two of us because this is my only hope and the only family inheritance lifted for me by my late family,well before my fathers death he was a very well know merchant in cocoa, kola-nuts, cashew nuts, arts works and land developer here in Moscow,my father was killed by unknown gun men no one know why he was short but before he died he is being taking to a private hospital where he stay and died but before he died he told me everything about the money and some karats gold which he deposited on my name in leading bank since am the only child he has.I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I'm receiving
from my grand mother,She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father,Luckily for me she did not discover where I kept my fathers File which contains important documents.

I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country,My father deposited the sum of USD$45,500,000.00,Forty five million five hundred thousand Dollars in a Bank with my name as the next of kin including some karats raw gold. However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the fund also to sell the gold for me in your country.As you will help me in the investment.

As i was in my first year in the university when the crisis started in my life. it is my wish to compensate you with 20% of the total money as soon as the transfer has being made if maybe you do not find good enough for me to be your life partner,the gold will be handle over to you.Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes.As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately also to send you all the legal documents of the fund including the gold covered document. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. i have chosen you now as my partner,

Please do keep this only to your self please you should not disclose it to anyone till we meet each other.

Send me this detail below if you are willing to help me:







please call me on this number:+79602696745

Yours truly,


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