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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 Angela Cole" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:26:45 -0700
Subject: contact me

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs Angela Cole . I work in a bank here in the United Kingdom . I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.

Please contact me for details to transfer {US$ 45.5m,[Forty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} to you for us.

I am the account officer to a foreigner a German property magnate Andreas Schranner, 64, his wife Maria, 62, their daughter Andrea Eich, 38, her husband Christian, 57, and their children Katharina, eight, and Maximilian, 10, all died in an air crash along with him in a forceful plane crash on Monday, 31 july,2000 @ 13:22gmt 14:22uk YOU CAN CONFIRM THIS FROM THIS WEBSITE BELOW WHICH WAS PUBLISHED ON BBC news WEBSITE.



Since his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to make claims for this money as his heir, because they all died in the same accident, himself , his wife and children (May Their soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our Banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased because as his account officer my reports will not be questioned . All documentations will be carefully worked out for the funds which amounts to Forty five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars { US$45.5m) to be released in your favor as the bonafide next of Kin to the deceased.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information if you are interested.

1. Your full name/address.
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers.

I shall be compensating you with 30% on final conclusion of this Project for your assistance, while the balance of 70% will be for me for and my colleagues involved for investment Purposes in your country with your guidance.

Please endeavor to contact me immediately with the below email

I await your urgent response.


Mrs Angela Cole

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