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: "Miss Lilian Ray" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 04:13:25 +0100
Subject: *kiss* With love

Greetings My Dear Friend,

How are you doing today? well I am of the hope that you are doing well. So I'm sitting here listening to a wonderful CD by Hikaru Utada called Deep River and writing this letter to you. I guess I should probably tell you all this right now; quite honestly, It has been a boring week for me. On to more important matters. i saw your email and I felt a graet spark in my heart despite that i have not seen you in person but something really gave me a nice pleasure to communicate with you and see how the sun will shine's like. so I decided to drop you this note. My name is Miss Lilian Ray. Anyways, do you know that friendship is a gift that is fair in all things. It roots from one's heart and involves memories that stay not for a while but for a lifetime? I wish we could be friends cos I believe you will appreciate a beautiful and interesting girl in search of love. Why do we forget that relationships are supposed to make us feel good about ourselves? !
A friend is like a book that has to be read to appreciate its beauty.

I may have failed to open up and share, though no much words have been spoken, my promise of friendship won't be broken. My pleasure would be making you the happiest man alive. You might be the man of my dreams and working your way into my heart! hence I will thank God for the gift of friendship where I can be myself and be accepted as I am and for finding a home in your heart. My heart welcomes you. You can get in touch with me on my private email address ( Although you could not view my pics well here but I will send them immediately I hear from you via email. Do write back soon my good friend I don't want to end up missing you, hope and wait to hear from you.kiss

*kiss* With love,
Yours to be.

Anti-fraud resources: