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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 Elena Khalifa" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:53 -0800

Hello Friend,

My name is Mrs Elena Khalifa. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I
have to charity through you.

You may be wondering why I chose you, since I don't know you and we have never met
before. But the truth is that "someone has to be chosen". Let it be known to you that I
am a little bit apprehensive, but I have the understanding that friends are discovered
and friends are made. I have come to accept the fact that I cannot achieve success in
this Project without trusting someone. This brings us to the need for both of us to have
absolute trust and believe in one another as we can only fail if we divide in interests.
Let trust and Honesty be our watchword throughout this Project.

Though, this medium (the Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through
it because, it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication.
However, this correspondence is purely private & confidential, and it should be treated
as such. I wish to inform you once again that this Project is absolutely legitimate and
all the operations will be performed without the breach of any international law(s).

I am 68 years old and was diagnosed of cancer about 2 years ago immediately after the
death of my husband who had left me everything he had worked for. I have been touched by
the LORD to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to charity through you
for the good work of humanity, rather than allow my greedy relatives to use my late
husband's hard earned funds inappropriately.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone. Though
I married a very rich man, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only
focused on myself as that was the only thing I cared for since I don't have any child. But
now, I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have
all the money in the world. I have asked the lord to forgive me all my sins and I believe
he has, because He is merciful. I will be going in for an operation very soon, and I pray
that I survive the operation.

I believe that if I have a second chance to come to this world again, I would live my
life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that I may not live longer, I want
mercy to be shown on my soul, so I have decided to give alms to the poor & charity
organizations and to help the motherless children & orphans, the less privileged, and
also for the assistance of widows, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I
do on earth before I pass on. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do
this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organizations in Indian, Sudan,
Bulgaria and Pakistan; but they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do
not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contented with what I have left for them.

I have decided to Donate & give the sum of US$10.5 Million (Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) to charity through you. Presently, I have informed my
lawyer about my decision in WILLING this fund to charity through any God-fearing and
reliable person. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others. If you are interested
in carrying out this task, I will inform my Lawyer so that he can arrange for the release
of the funds to you. I know I have never met you before but my mind tells me to do this,
and I hope you act sincerely. Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls, because I have a throat infection and have
been restricted by my doctors who has advised that I deserve all the rest I can get as I am now
too weak and fragile to do things myself because of my health condition.

I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task at hand is
accomplished, as I don't want anything that will Jeopardize my last wish, due to the fact
that I do not want my relatives or family members standing in the way of my last wish. Send
your urgent response to my private email address at:

With Love & Personal Regards,

Mrs Elena Khalifa

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