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: "Princess Aisha." <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 07:22:22 +0100
Subject: Good day dear friend.

Hello dear friend,

Greetings to you and I wish you to meet this letter in good faith, I
am writing on a very serious note and I will certainly appreciate your

I’m Princess Aisha Gaddafi, The fifth child and the only daughter of
the Late Libyan Leader Colonel Muammer Gaddafi. After the death of my
father, it has been very difficult for me, my children and my mother.
I’m currently under asylum with a serious restriction in Oman, Muscat
precisely. You can read my Ordeal here:

Luckily for me, my late father was able to deposit some money with my
name at Standard Chartered Bank Ghana. This is where I want you to
assist me and receive the money on my behalf as my Beneficiary so I
can come down to your country and start a new life with my family.
This is really my last hope to restore my life and a perfect future
for my children and with you together.

The total deposited funds is USD $ 18.7 million, and I promise to give
you 30% of the total funds after you receive the money as my Official
Beneficiary. Then I will use the remaining 70% to buy a new house in
your country and also establish an investment to restore my financial

This is a very sensitive issue and should be read confidentially,
please do not discuss this with anyone because the money is my last
hope to restore my life as I explained to you. I have all the deposit
certificates and I will give you the bank email address so that all
you will have to do is to contact the bank through their Email

Please, I wait for your urgent reply, so I can discuss with you and I
will direct you on how to write to the bank by contacting them via
their email.

Anti-fraud resources: