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: "Gina Borst" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 03:49:42 +0100
Subject: Reference Number: 24-33-79-88-2

Reference Number: 24-33-79-88-2

LuckyDay Lotto Email Sweepstakes program This is to inform you that your Email Address attached to a Ticket Number (15-21-4-19-27-44) has won the prize Sum of EUR450,000.00 Only ( Euro Only), in an Email Sweepstakes program held on the 12 th of Nov 2009.

Your full Names:

Mr.David Moolman
Email:reply to

Below are your Winning Datas:
Email Ticket Number 15-21-4-19-27-44
Reference Number: 24-33-79-88-2
Draw Lucky Number:8-17-10-13-37
Batch Number :JKPN44521412,

All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days automatically,

Mrs. Gina Borst

Anti-fraud resources: