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: sandrana coott <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:33:18 +0100
Subject: Mrs. Sandra Cot.

Dear Sir/Madam
How are you?
I am Mrs. Sandra Cot, I am 72 years old from U.S.A, and I am suffering from
a long time cancer of the Lungs which also affected my
brain, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating.

According to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the
next two months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a
very bad stage.

I was brought up from a motherless babies home, was married to my late
husband for twenty years and we lived in Madrid the capital of Spain
until my husband died in a fatal motor accident in Madrid. Since his death
I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited
the money with a Finance company in Madrid which is the sum of 8.5 millions
U.S.A dollars (Eight Millions Five Hundred Thousands U.S.A Dollars).

Presently, this money is still with the finance company in Madrid and I
have not operated the account for long now due to my illness.

Presently, I'm with my laptop in Hospital, where I have been under going
treatment for cancer of the lungs for over one year. Recently,
my doctors told me that I have only a few months to live, so I quickly
called up a pastor to give me positive thinking on this solution, He
ministered to me to share my wealth to motherless baby/orphanage
homes/people that need money for survivor. It is my last wish to see
that some percentage (%) is distributed among the charity organizations,
the poor and the motherless babies? home where I come
from and some percentage (%) is for devoted individual that will utilize
this money the way I wish. I took this decision, because my
time will soon be up and I do not want the bank to inherit the money if I
eventually die.

As soon as I receive your reply I will issue you a letter of authority
through my attorney which will empower you as the new beneficiary of my
fund so far that you will give me assurance that you will do my wish,
I will also send to you my lawyer contact information in Madrid the capital
of Spain for you to contact him regarding on how the money will be transfer
to your bank account.
Get back to me via this email address:
I shall wait your reply.
Thanks and God Bless you.
Mrs. Sandra Cot.

Anti-fraud resources: