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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: Rufus Young <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:44:44 +0100


My dear friend greetings, I'm Mr. Rufus Young from UK. I am writing you to
explain my interest to invest funds with you in your country. I got your
contact from your country's directory and after inquiries at your high
commission here in London, you were recommended as a hardworking person. I
was made aware of your country’s investment opportunities, secure economic
and financial policies, dependable investment infrastructures, stable and
buoyant economy and above all, the hospitality of your people. Although we
have not met before, but I trust that you are an experienced, reliable and
trustworthy person with high standard of honesty and integrity. I know that
trust, as a foundation for business, is earned and not given away lightly,
and almost all international transactions are done on mutual trust, faith
and understanding. My contact with you is for genuine business relationship
that would benefit both of us, and certainly not just a hoax that exist on

I am seeking means of establishing viable and low risk business investment
in your country that is capable of generating at least 10% annual return on
investment (ROI) and I want you to assist and guide me and recommend areas
where I can invest profitably because I do not know your country's foreign
investment procedure. I want to have you as my partner and manager and it
is going to be a joint business between us after we reach a mutual and
honest understanding. I also want to know if we can invest into your own
establishment if you can guarantee safety of my money. and if your byelaw
allows foreign direct investment. My preferences are tourism, agriculture,
real estate properties or any other profitable business you can recommend.
I am offering you 3% of the fund as commission if you can honestly
cooperate and participate sincerely and committedly with me to achieve this
plan. I want to urgently relocate to your country with my family and I
want you to help me in finding a good home where we will live in. I have
some issues with the authority here and assets are being threatened
therefore I want absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the
management of this fund and subsequent ones. I am ready, willing and able
to invest legally in long term, the sum of (GBP£5.500,000,.00)Fix million
Five hundred thousand pounds sterling with you immediately into areas that
you would recommend and I want to know if you can manage the funds

If you believe we can work together, let me know your thinking , your
questions and your condition for this project so that I can provide
relevant details and how we can proceed. Let me also know if it is possible
to get the money back in the next 10 years while the investment is in
progress. My contact email is, telephones: +447031985960, +447031931645. kind

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