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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:

Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 18:53:13 +0200
Subject: Are You Aware

REFERENCE Nº: NPL/74741250/05.
BATCH Nº: NL- 14016.

Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the release today, the 15th day of May, 2006, of the results of the ONLINE SWEEPSTAKE PROMOTIONS PROGRAMS held on the 10Th day of MAY, 20O6

Your email attached to the ticket number 025-11464992-750 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 25-35-36-41-43-46 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay $706,350.00 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIX THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS) in cash credited to file REF. NO: NPL/74741250/05.This is from a total cash prize of $10,468,770.00 (TEN MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS) Shared among the seventeen international winners in the category I & 3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your fund is now insured by MEGA AGENT BV to your name. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award top secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America as a part of our international promotion program which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our end of year high stake US$1.3 billion international Lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent, Mr. David Jones the Foreign Service Manager of Mega agent , Amsterdam-Netherlands on
Tel: 0031-619110715, Fax for the processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 5TH day of May, 2006. After this date, all funds will be returned to the Ministerie van Economia en Bezit as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavour to quote your reference and batch number in every of your correspondence with us or your agent.

Congratulations once again from staffs and management and thank you for being a part of our promotion program.
Yours sincerely,


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