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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:

Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:15:06 +0200


We are pleased to inform you of the release of the awaiting results of the EURO MILLION LOTTO STAKES HOLLAND INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMES held on the 22nd of FEBUARY, (SWEETSTAKES DE SEMANA SANTA)

ANDALUSIA GOOT S.A entered you as dependent clients, with reference number: DDL/45576/MDS. And batch number RTL/51567. Your name attached to ticket number 23.8019, drew the 5th lucky winning number, which consequently won the Euro Lotto Stakes in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved for a payment of 585,600.00 (FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHT- FIVE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED EUROS.) In cash credited to file reference number: DDL/45576/MDS. This is from a total cash prize of 26,756.820 (TWENTY SIX MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY EUROS) Shared among the international winners in all categories.


All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 91,000 (Ninety One Thousand) Emails around the World, as part of our Euro Lotto Stakes international promotions programme, which was conducted this year as part of our international programme.

Due to mix up of some email addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, until your claims have been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators.

To begin your claim, you are urgently required for (verification, records, Insurance premium titled, and funds remittance) to contact your Agent (Mr.Jeroen Van Kees.), Foreign Operation Manager) CHACON COASTA FINANCE, a group of (CHACON FINANCE BVORG) at TEL: + 31-847171462, Email:, they are your agent, and are responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings to you.

YOUR REFERENCE NUMBER IS DDL/45576/MDS. (Keep personal) Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 16th AUGUST 2006. After this date your sweepstakes-winning prize will be marked as unclaimed and remitted back to the account of NETHERLANDS GOVERNMENT as unclaimed. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Once again,
Alberto Raul Molina

(Programme Director)
(Rep.Ireland, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain)

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