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: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 17:41:27 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: GCOGP/HT&HR 2009


You are cordially invited to participate in the forth coming GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL PEACE / HUMAN TRAFFICKING &HUMAN RIGHT. The conference is been organized by the international Welfare organization ( IWO ) in collaboration with other NGO’s.

The event takes place from 20th – 23rd October 2009 at the American Conference Centre hall New York, U.S.A, and 27th - 30th October 2009 at savannas central HALL, DAKAR-SENEGAL, West – Africa.
If you are interested in participate and represent your country, you may contact the secretariat of the organizing committee for details and information. Below is the contact address of the conference secretariat by email:

You may get back to me with my email address below:


Rachelle Joel


Envie de partager vos photos de vacances ? Voila vous offre 1 Go d’espace de stockage sur

Anti-fraud resources: