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: "Hon. Mike Rollis." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 02:31:08 +0100

Dear Partner,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me or my colleague, you have received an email from us in the past regarding a million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded with you. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the business has been concluded successfully with the assistance of another partner from South Korea who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.

It will interest you to know that the funds have successfully transferred the fund out of the Africa to my new partner's account in Korea who assisted me in this great venture but now I am in China for business/investment mission, Due to your effort then, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness shown during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $550, 000,00 (Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State Dollars only)My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary Gideon Gono,at: ( +229 966 270 47.) for the collection of your bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him regarding it, definately before the xmas holidays because I do not know when he will be traveling. At the moment, I'm very busy here in Korea because of the investment projects, which I and my new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good f!
aith as this is from the bottom of

Therefore, you should contact him and send your telephone number/and your current mailing address,{Home or Office} where you wish to receive the funds.

Happy christmas in advance, God bless you.

Yours Faithful,

Hon. Mike Rollis.

Anti-fraud resources: