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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: "From : Miss.Nbalu Sankoh" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 5:33:05 +0900
Subject: From : Miss.Nbalu Sankoh

>From : Miss.Nbalu Sankoh
102 Kegue,Lome republic of Togo.

Dear Sir,

I am Nbalu Sankoh a sierra Leonean and the daughter of late dr. Fidelis Sankoh, former chairman of sierra Leone gold & diamond cooperation. After the assassination of my father, the West African peace keeping forces (Ecomog soldiers) were in control of my village mende. Presently I found a document that lead me to an old post office box in republic of Togo where my late father hide a key of his secret underground security vault room in the Northan part of republic of Togo where he hide documents of undisclosed transactions.

I discovered some documents which he used in depositing a trunk box containing thirty six million u.s Dollars (us$36,000.000.00)coded to be box of land photographic material and also proof that I am the next of kin to the consignment in a private asset protection company in Lome republic of Togo. Your able assistance is being sought to lift this money to your country since I have confirm the existence of this consignment with the security company.

This is pertinent, since I am a refugee, it will not be advisable for me to operate such huge money in account. Which i have to follow all instructions by my late father from the documents. Because of the confidential nature of the business, you are advised to handle the issue with utmost secrecy.
For more information, hoping to hearing from you.

Thanks for your co-operation.
Yours faithfully,
God bless you
Miss.Nbalu Sankoh

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