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: =?utf-8?B?Ii4gU2Vicm/vv70i?= <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:06:07 GMT
Subject: Dear Beloved!!

Dear Beloved ,

I am Mrs.Mary Jone's,the wife of Mr.Edwards Walter,I am a citizens of the United states.My husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Russia before he died in the year husband deposited the sum of (7.5Million Pounds) with
a Bank.the management just wrote me as the beneficiary that our account has been DORMANT and if I can not ACTIVATE the ACCOUNT,the funds will be CONFISCATED.I'm in a hospital in Russia where I have treatment for cancer.Stand as beneficiary for the Funds.reach me:

God bless.
Mrs.Mary Jone's Walter.

Anti-fraud resources: