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: janifer apia <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:56:32 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Hello Dearest Friend

Hello Dearest Friend
How are you today? Hope fine, it is my pleasure to contact you for good relationship and to know each other better.
My name is Janifer and my email address is( I am a beautiful young girl with full of love and caring well, i saw your profile today at ( and   i love it, i think we can click together, please i will like you to contact me through my email address  i will like to show you my photo and at the same time you will know more about me. Once again please contact me through my email address..
thanks for your understanding
My warm regard

Anti-fraud resources: