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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: "DR.MODIBBOUMAR MOHAMMED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 03:03:42 -0800

Dear Friend,
My Name is,Dr. Modibbo Umar Mohammed,Former Minister,Federal Capital of Nigeria,Abuja.I was among the Twenty Federal and states Minister dropped last year,October,2010,by the President,Federal Republic of Nigeria,Dr.Good Luck Jonathan.
My reason for contacting you now is burn out of the necessity to find a reputable personality or company who will come in and stand to claim the sum of Sixty Eight Million United States Dollars,($68.000,000,000.00,)which i deposited with a Foreign SECURITY COMPANY Overseas with CONSIGNMENTS. I want to put this money into a profitable and moving investment and i want you to form a partnership with me in this respect.
I will not claim this money now from the SECURITY COMPANY because of the investigations going on in Nigeria about the Financial activities of Former Ministers.These investigations will not allow me to travel out of Nigeria to claim this money hence the reason to contact you. What you have to do is to claim the ownership of the money in the SECURITY COMPANY by bearing the Name of my true PARTNER.
The CONSIGNMENTS was DEPOSITED by me but I made someone being my true PARTNER will come for the claim. This is what i want you to do,and your percentage shall be 40% while 50%shall be mine.The remaining 10% will be for expenses during and after the claim which will be deducted from the sum after we must have concluded with the SECURITY COMPANY before our investment in your country IRAN.
Get back to me immediately if you are interested in this transaction.Further details shall be forwarded to you later.
Best Regards,

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