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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: "Mr Seyit Sahi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:28:54 +0300
Subject: Will need your assistance.


My Name is Mr. Seyit Sahi, I am the Operations Manager of Armstrong Secure Vault and cargo Company here in the UK.I am Turkish and I have been working with this company for over 13 years and within this period, I have watched with a keen interest on how government functionaries use this company as vehicle to move huge sums of money in cash, pounds Sterling, EUROS.US$ ETC) to their foreign partners and asset managers. They lodge in these consignments of cash and secretly declare the contents as family treasures and documents.

All these consignments deposited in our vault, over time are being claimed by their foreign partners, friends and relatives. A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for as much as eight years. Nobody will ever come for them because in most cases, the deposit documents are never available for anybody except the depositors. On the above preference and with my in-depth knowledge on the depositors contractual mandate .I want you to stand as a relative and claim two trunks belonging to a deceased client of ours .These two trunks contain US$6M and 22 kg of Gold. All the necessary information’s needed by the company to make the claim easy and possible will be furnished to you by me.

Our mode of sharing the proceeds will be 40% for you and 60% for me.I got your contact over the internet and decided to let you in on this transaction.

Best Regards,


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