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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: Mark James <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:41:27 -0700
Subject: Attn:Van

Attn:Van COURT AUTHORIZATION TO CLAIM. Sequel to the meeting held on 12th Of November 2007.I write to inform you that Royal High Court of London has authorized me for the inheritance payment of Five Million Dollars United States Dollars ($5 million)which was deposited by my late client Dr.Karl Van.

The Governing Body of the BANK has contacted me on this matter and I am yet to provide the Next of Kin to lay claims to the Funds. Under a clear and legitimate agreement with you, I shall seek your consent to be presented as the next of Kin so that my late client's fund will not be confiscated by the BANK or to be misused by corrupt government officials. I propose a sharing formula of 60% for me, 40% for you and if you will agree to stand in as the next of kin and have the funds deposited into any account that you will provide. The Royal High Court of London has given me an Identification Code Number: ESP/ID300/0X10/BTS also an application has been forwarded to the paying bank by me as the Attorney to my late client, HSBC BANK has given me 7 working days to provide the Next of Kin to my late Client, Or get the said Fund confiscated. This is the Transaction Code Number: ESP/ID300/0X10/ATB, which the paying bank will process your payment file with. Please send your response to my private mail address: Do please send the followings:
1. Full names2. Address 3. Private telephone4. Fax numbers 5. Occupation 6. AgeThese will enable us commence immediately. I will inform you on the next step to follow. Regards, BARRISTER MARK JAMES.

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