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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: Sephora Kouassi <>
Reply-To: Sephora Kouassi <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:03:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Message From Sephora Kouassi

Message From Sephora Kouassi

Hello Dear

Please permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I contacted you after going through your profile, I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I’m Sephora Kouassi the only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. Olivier Kouassi. My father was a very preeminent oil and gas entrepreneur before his death. He also had extensive investments in real estate; my father was poisoned to death by his business associates. My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Ten million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($10,500,000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, That I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate investment, Hotel management or any investment of my choice.

Dear, I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.
To serve as a guardian of this fund and the investment.

To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, Dear, i am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated bank account in overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within few days.

Anticipating hearing from you soon.

Best regards,


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