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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: "johnstraford" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 20:53:44 -0500 (EST)

(ALL CORRESPONDING SHOULD BE REPLY TO Dear Sir/Madam, Simply Textiles Limited is a UK textile company.We produce and distribute clothing materials such as batiks,assorted fabrics and traditional costume worldwide.We have reached big sales volume of textile materials in the Europe and now are trying to penetrate the United State and Canada market. Quite soon we will open representative offices or authorized sales centers in the United State,Canada and some other countries, therefore we are currently looking for people who will assist us in establishing a new distribution network there. The fact is that despite the US market is new for us we already have regular clients also speaks for itself.WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR US?The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in UK is 25%, whereas for the individual it is only 7%.There is no sense for us to work this way, while tax for
international money transfer made by a private individual is 7% .That's why we need you! We need agents to receive payment for our textiles( in money orders,check or bank wire transfers into account credit holding any bank which you are going to open or a checking &amp; saving account with chase bank, wells fargo bank, Merill Lych bank, Gordon Sach bank) and to resend the money to us via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer.This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.JOB DESCRIPTION? 1. Recieve payment from Clients 2. Cash Payments at your Bank 3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed. 4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to(Payment is to be forwarded either by Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).ADVANTAGESYou do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up
to $3000-4000 monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start.You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job.The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us due to our excellent work condition.Fill the details below:FIRST NAME: MIDDLE NAME: LAST NAME:ADDRESS LINE 1:ADDRESS LINE 2:CITY:STATE:ZIP CODE:HOME PHONE: CELL PHONE:GENDER: MARITAL STATUS: AGE:NATIONALITY :We look forward into working together as a crew..Warmest Regards,JOHN STRAFORDHuman Resources ManagerSimply Textiles Limited94 Mayfield AvenueSouthend-on-SeaEssex SS2 6NPUnited KingdomFax:- +44 870-135-6993Tel:- +44 (0) 7031851083clothing the world...our goal:ALL CORRESPONDING SHOULD BE REPLY TO

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