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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: Economic Finance Crime Commission Investigation <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:52:16 +0100
Subject: Contact the Investigation office as you were instructed to the
email above.


ATTENTION Sir\Madam How are you? i hope you are fine. Well, I believe by the time you will be through with this email you will understand and surely place your mind at rest as you are going to start a new life in no distance time. Most families have lost lives, homes and there great wealth due to the high rate of fraud and scams that has been all over the Nation and the world in general, but since the setup of the Economic Finacial Crime Commission for the purpose,these crimes has been reduced and we are fighting heavily to put this to an end.
Right now, over half a billion [500 million] Dollars has been recovered from these fraudsters through our Intelligence network, and most suspects are still in on our custody for proper investigations and trials. Your name has been found in our list of those that has been defrauded through some of these media, Account/Western union money transfer and others. The western union money transfer that has been sent so far to some county like London Ghana,Togo,Spain,South Africa and United States etc are being received here in our country by these scammers in the name of having transaction that you don't know about.You have approved to recieve the sum of $500,000.00 USD An instruction has been giving that in no account should any money be paid to an individual through any means without a proper investigation. We have our agents in the bank all round the World with proper security to checkmate these scammers and any bank that goes contrary to our instruction will stand the risk of losing its certificate of accreditation.If this is true about you, do not border much because it is time for you to regain what you have lost.75% of what you have spent through those transaction will be given back to you if you have any thing to prove this, while, 30% will be given to those without a solid plat form to stand on in no distance time through our new compensational program introduced by the new President Alhaji Musa Yar'radua. All you need to do is to contact the head of International investigations Benin Republic with this information below for further clarification and screening after which part of this money will be sent to you through ATM CASH CARD or means which will be convenience for you as stated clearly above.

Dr Kingsley Adams Contact

They will program your datas in their micro chip informations, to enable the bank to identify you as the right beneficairy of the fund, you are hereby advice to send to them the micro chip fee of $128 .Contact them, they will instruct you on how to send the $128 to them.

SignMallam Nuhu Ribadu[Chairman EFCC Republic of Nigeria]NOTE; Contact the Investigation office as you wereinstructed to the email above. This payment has alimited time frame for funds dispatch. Your responseis expected within 7 working days of receiving thisnotice
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