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: lilian aliyu <>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 11:27:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: hallo

Mein Name ist Lilian Ich bin eine alleinerziehende junge hübsche Mädchen, nie verheiratet. ich sah
Ihr Ansprechpartner, wenn ich in der Internet-Surfen und ich werde für dich interessiert bitte
schreib mir zurück durch diese meine Mail Kontakt auf ( so
dass ich gebe Ihnen vollständige Erklärung von mir. und mein Bild ich bin
Warten auf Ihre schnelle Antwort finden
Dank von Lilian

My name is Lilian I am a young single pretty girl, never married. i saw
your contact when i was browsing in the internet and i become interested in you please
write me back through this my mail contact at ( so
that i will give you full explanation of myself. and my picture i am
Waiting to see your quick reply
thanks from, Lilian

Anti-fraud resources: