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: "=?gb2312?B?TG90dGVyeQ==?=" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 19:11:31 +0800
Subject: =?gb2312?B?Q09OR1JBVFVMQVRJT05TISEh?=

The National Lottery
P.O.Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL. United Kingdom
(Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK

Attention: Email Account Holder.

We are pleased to announce you as one of the lucky Winners in the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY draw held on Wednesday 13th October, 2010. All 3 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your Email address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd Category winner in this month's draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 850,000.00 Pounds (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain pounds Sterling) only

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 1, 4, 5, 9, 11, 14-25
(ii) Serial number: 21-8-1974
(iii) Lotto batch number: FL-101
(iv) Reference number: SBF-404-3

Here are the details required from international winners:


Please contact the under listed Claims Officer as soon as possible with your details for the immediate release of your Winnings:

UK Lottery Fiduciary Agent:
Name: Mr. Eric Nelson
Tel number: +44 702 405 7778
Fax number: +44 844 774 1821

Once again on behalf of all our staff,


"Do not reply back to the senders address or the source email address, it is sent via computer virtual assistance for response will not be read by Human but computer" Therefore you must contact the fiduciary agent by telephone or email address provided above "

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Helen Matthew.
Online Coordinator.

Copyright (c) 1994-2010 The UK Lottery International Promotion Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service -Guideline. 77635 476378 255667460


Anti-fraud resources: