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: "Mr. Frank brow" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 13:27:53 +0800
Subject: Chinese/ Uk Financial Assistance:

Chinese/ Uk Financial Assistance:

Chinese government/ Uk has mapped out financial assistance for all foreign traders/ factory/ industries/ companies/ Real Estate Agency/ Small Business Enterprises and some private individuals all over the world to assistance them in this financial crisis specially business man and woman.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket drew the winning number: B6544 23685478, which subsequently won you the total sum of US$950,000.00,from total amount of 12b Dollars that will be given to qualified business man and woman.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draw system and extracted from over 300, 000, 00 companies and individual emails address. respond for urgent process to contiune on your payment.

Yours truly,
Mr. Felix T. Chang (President)

Mr. Frank brow (Manager)
Tell+ 448447741685

Anti-fraud resources: