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: Bassem Ismeal <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:30:08 +0100
Subject: Quote

Dear Sir,

We are Local Gold Miners seeking for gold buyer and partnership; we
are ready to do business with you with a comfortable condition to
build business relationship.

Let me know if you are interested to do business with us with this
trial order of small quantity to enable us know the buyer capability
and possibility to do business.

Details of Gold
Commodity - Au Dory bar
Quantity - Buyers Choice
Purity - 96%
Carat - 22.60
Price - $35,000usd

We are also mandated by some group from Libya to look for a serious and trusted gold buyer who can buy their available gold of 600kg dory
bars of pure gold which is presently located in Mali territory.

The gold can be lifted from Mali to the buyer designated refinery where it will be converted to real cash money for the gold owners.

Any interested buyer for the gold should be well notified that this transaction is absolutely confidential and both parties must maintain
adequate confidentiality at all levels.

The said 600kg dory bars of pure gold is completely different from our local mine gold which we also have for sale.

Awaiting your response to enable send you more details and FCO.


Rue 361, Korofina, Porte 172

Anti-fraud resources: