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"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.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Financial Equity Loan Firm Ltd" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:34:06 +0100
Subject: Business Loan

I am Dr. Robert Clayton, a financial Manager Of Financial Equity Loan Firm Ltd.Did you need a loan or you want to refinance your home, expand your business and pay off your bills? We grant Debt Consolidation Loan, Business Loan, Home Refinancing Loan, Auto Loan and Company Loan at 2% interest rate per year.Rangeing from ($1,000.00)minimum to ($50 000.000.00) maximun. If interested,please contact us with the following.

Full Name:________________________
Amount Needed:____________________
Tel NO:___________________________
Monthly Income:___________________

kind Regards,
Dr. Robert Clayton
Financial Manager
Financial Equity Loan Firm Ltd

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