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: "Ayesha Jamal" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2019 11:16:38 +0200
Subject: This is a matter of urgency

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Ayesha Jamal from Ivory Coast. I am married to Mr. Pascal Jamal who worked for twenty years with an oil and gas company in Asia before his death. We were marriage, but without children.

After his death I decided not to re-marry. My late husband deposited huge sum of money with a bank in Abidjann, Ivory Coast. I am willing to donate the money to help less privilege and contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

I inherited all my husband's companies and estate. Currently, the money is still in the bank and the bank's management just wrote to me as the beneficiary to come forward and claim the money; or rather issue an authorization to someone to receive it on my behalf If I can not come; because the bank manager knows the state of my health.

I am in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment, since then I have lost the ability to speak; And my doctors have told me that I have few months to live. I want someone who is trustworthy; who will use 80% of this money for humanitarian work.

I am waiting for your urgent reply. Please send a copy of your reply to my private email address: (

Mrs Ayesha Jamal.

Anti-fraud resources: