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How to contact us about 419 scams and other fraud

We take an active role in fighting advance fee fraud ("419") and other online scams. Our "419"-FAQ addresses many frequently asked questions on this subject. Please take a look there first. The answer to your question may already be listed there.

By reporting fraud and scams you're helping to protect others. If you want to report a fake lottery winning notification or other Advance Fee Fraud email ("Nigeria scam", etc), you can forward it by e-mail to our scam reporting mailbox:

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to add the following string:

to the subject line of your email (including the square brackets!), or we may never get to see your email. This is necessary to help us distinguish spam reports from mails sent by the spammers themselves.

See our instructions for Outlook Express, Yahoo! Mail and other environments.

If this is too technical for you, just forward it any way you like, but make sure to mark the subject as [419] as described above. This ensures that we won't mistake you for a scammer. Please do not copy emails to Word documents, this makes it more difficult for us (most likely won't read them then).

If you want to know if an email you received is a scam, don't ask us by email (but see below). It may take weeks for us to reply – if in the meantime you send money to strangers in another country we can't be held responsible for that. If somebody is rushing you to send money and you have already found our website, chances are it's a scam. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It is very rare that anyone contacts us with a suspicious email that doesn't turn out to be a scam.

Please read "I received an email telling me I won in a lottery. Is this a scam?" before asking this question.

For a quick automated check of a suspicious email message, copy and paste it into our "Scam-O-Matic" scam check page ( If you need a quick reply from a person, post your question in the online forum of

Contact e-mail address for reporting fake lotteries and other scams:

Automated scam check (reported scams will get publicly listed):

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