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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: Carl Larsen <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 20:13:40 +0000

Dear Sir / Madam

Sequel to your non-response of our earlier letter to you on behalf of the Trustees and Executors to the Will of our late client.

I wish to notify you that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of £16,550,000.00GBP (sixteen million Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds) in the codicil and last testament of the deceased. Until his death he was a major shareholder in big companies, which include textile and construction companies. He was a very great philanthropist during his lifetime. He died on 9th January 2004 at the age of 68. He was buried on the 3rd of February.

Even though he was a foreigner living and working here requested before his death that he be buried here in his words, "I regard here as My home and the people as my people" We therefore reckoned that you can receive this funds as you are qualified by your name identity. All the legal papers will be processed on your response.

In your acceptance of this deal.

We request that you kindly forward any proof of identity of yours, your current telephone and fax numbers and forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of funds to you.

Yours Faithfully
Attorney Carl Larsen
Union Attorneys Chambers
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