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: =?iso-8859-1?q?Secoffice=20File?= <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 01:49:17 -0800 (PST)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- it my pleasure to inform you about our success in registering you box at last with fedex courier company to avoid any delay in deliverying the money, it is well packaged as a small box but the three prove documents are coming with it. the package delivery fee has been paid by the bank, and it was registered as express delivery package so contact them now with your only this informtions. your name,your delivery address, your phone numbers, and your personal i.d. mind you that all payment as regard this delivery has been paid the only money you will send to them is the custom stamp fee,so contact them to assist you verify the stamp fee from thier airpot.make sure send the stamp fee to them immediately, so that they will freely pass out from your country airport when they arrive.our agreement with this company is that they must deliver this package within seven days of this depositing so contact them immdaitely you recieve this person Peter B.Tudor- email...(dire! phone number +229-975-295-12 head office email ( therefore contact the director and ask him to tell you when they will arrive your country with your package how much is the stamp fee and to who you will send the fee regard. jamesRobert James

Anti-fraud resources: