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: Bingo Lottery <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:31:57 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-15?Q?Be_informed=BF?=

WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER*<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>


Dear Lucky Winner, <o:p></o:p>




We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of BINGO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL Lottery programs. The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000 e- mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category "A" with the following: <o:p></o:p>


REF Number: AKM/231-ILGI0431/05*
TICKET No: 20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: 472-9768-98
LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99*<o:p></o:p>


You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of 1, 000, 000. 00. Euros (One million Euros only) each from the total payout.<o:p></o:p>

Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:<o:p></o:p>


To file for your claim, please contact our /your processing agent
Mr. Pascal Green
TEL: +31-643-969-554
FAX: +31-847-290-971 <o:p></o:p>

Email: []<o:p></o:p>


NOTE: <o:p></o:p>

All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained). Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.<o:p></o:p>


Please note; <o:p></o:p>

You are hereby advise to send us the following;<o:p></o:p>

1. Your full name and address<o:p></o:p>

2. Your personal phone and fax number, and<o:p></o:p>

3. Your winning numbers.<o:p></o:p>

Reply to this confidential email account; []<o:p></o:p>


Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.<o:p></o:p>

Yours truly,<o:p></o:p>

Ruth Hudson*
Lotto Coordinator*<o:p></o:p>


SMS schreiben mit WEB.DE FreeMail - einfach, schnell und
kostenguenstig. Jetzt gleich testen! ** []

Anti-fraud resources: