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: "Congratulations" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 09:17:12 +0200

South Africa 2010 Lottery
Lottery Headquater
22 sandton Drive,
Dear Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of South African Lottery, which was held on the 21st, AUGUST 2009. Your e-mail address attached to prize winning Number: 02-08-09-19-27-33-34, and supplementary number: 18-40 drew a prize of $3,000,000.00 (Three Million United States Dollars).
This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake. You will receive the sum of $3,000,000.00 (Three Million United Dollars) from our authorized agent here in South Africa
we advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your funds: $3,000,000.00 is transferred to you by the authorized bank in the Southafrica.
You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your funds to you. This program has been abused severally in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of past mix-ups.
Your e-mail address attached to prize winning number:3 7 9 16 27 28 was selected and; it came first through an e-ballot draw from over 250,000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses). This program is sponsored by South African 2010 partners Telkom /vodacom/microsft the biggest telecommunication company in South Africa to compensate faithful internet suffers around the globe and to support/promote the 2010 world cup soccer hosting right .
Congratulations for becoming one of the 10 lucky winners.
You must claim your prize: $3,000,000.00 not later than 30 days from the moment you receive this e-mail.
Please contact Mr. Clyde Sober the claim agent immediately.
Or Call+27 78 106 2923.
Provide him with your winning details.
(i). Your name(s), Age
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information
Danny Jordaan

Anti-fraud resources: