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:

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 08:50:42 -0700

Fund Manager: TIM MCCARRON
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Rd Hildenborough
Kent TN11 9DZ,


I am TIM MCCARRON The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment International. The
World Largest Fund Management Company with over 1.2Trillion Capital
Investment Fund and over 900 thousand investors all over the world.
Nevertheless, as The Fidelity Fund Manager, I handle all our Investor's
Direct Capital Funds (financial funds).

As a routine, every investor gets the percentage profit or dividend from the
total cash he or she invested into the company annually. Last year it was
announced that the profit margin was 20% after calculating carefully I found
out that the profit margin was 21.1% that is an excess of 1.2% on each
investor so I secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit
(EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Marginal Capital Fund and
created a separate account where the total sum of the extraction was kept as
an expert, the account has a value of 8, 745, 000, 00.

Now, I am looking for someone who I can trust to stand as an Investor to
receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal
Capital Fund. All confirmable and legal documents to back up the claims will
be made available to you as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the
funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches.
Our sharing ratio will be 50-50. If you are interested,get back to me
through email so that I will provide you more information about the



Anti-fraud resources: