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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: Talisha Zanjani <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 08:37:50 +0000
Subject: Very Urgent

Hello Dear,

I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to relate with you through this platform, i will be very glad if you will give me the audience and cooperation to help me secure an investment. I will recognize your cooperation with an offer that will yield great interest for you in the short run. Am an Iranian, my husband is Mr. Babak Zanjani , he is the Managing Director of Multi Billion Dollars Sorinet Group in the United Arab Emirate and we also have multibillion dollar investment in stocks with banks and companies and also a Tycoon in International Oil Export.

In 2009 he was an antagonist against Iranian government extremism and Iran continues support for Palestinian to fight against Israel which have cost lives in thousands of Palestinians. He was supporting equality between men and women and freedom for religion.

All this attracted the prying eye of the Islamic Extremists of the upper class in the government and they vowed to destroy him in order to quench his pursuit because he was gaining momentum and followers due to his influence and wealth as an Oil Magnate, he had eyed the seat of Presidency. In 2013 my husband was arrested for embezzlement of $2.7 Billion Dollars Oil Revenue which was staged to nail him and for 3 years of legal tussles he was sentenced to death in 2016 and had been awaiting execution till date. You can read about the indictment through this : Iran billionaire Babak Zanjani sentenced to death .

Almost all his assets have been confiscated and liquidated and he was made an escape goat because of his wealth and his influence in antagonism against Iranian extremism but the media will not give you a version of this. I have two kids for him and I hope that you will keep this information strictly confidential. He invested in stocks with a Bank in the United Kingdom and I was linked to the investment worth of £112,000,000 Million British Pounds. I had a meeting with his lawyer last week and was told that the reason he has not been executed is because they are trying to drain all his assets but a report has been submitted for execution by November.

We have cultural timidity and social constraints against women, there are things I cannot do by myself, his lawyer does not have this information and I cannot release this information because it is not safe for him.
I want you to help me get this Investment secured; it can be re-invested in an active business. I will give you an offer in percentage that will add a plus to your financial base. I wait until to hear from you before further information will be disclosed. I solicit your honest interest and hope you are willing to keep this strictly confidential because of my life and my kids.

Thank you.

From Mrs. Talisha Zanjani

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