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: Microsoft Award <>
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 09:42:30 -0400

British Lottery Sweepstakes Promotion,
Customer Service.
Your Batch No: 2010/28901/CMT
Your Reference No: MOY/SPA/0829


We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of
Sweepstakes promotion organized by Microsoft Corporations, in conjunction with
the FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SOFTWARE products, (F.P.S.) held this July
2010, in London. Where in your email address emerged as one of the online
Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of
550,000.00 Pounds (Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds Only) and a Toshiba
laptop. To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by
contacting our Foreign Transfer Manager:

Agent Name: Mr. Allan Fred
Tel: +44 704-571-0545

The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by former CEO/
Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The
Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The
Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to
encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.



Mrs. Rose Patrick
Co-ordinator British Lottery Board

Anti-fraud resources: