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: "James Fred" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 04:04:11 -0700

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am James Fred. I am a senior secretary to FedEx Currie service. We have been instructed by the Nigeria government to inform you that your fund payment will only be send to you via these two options,"THROUGH ATM CARD OR THROUGH BANK DRAFT ONLY". So above these two options choose one and let us know the option you chose.
Before we can proceed you will have to send to us above information so that we can proceed on sending either Cheque or Draft Depending on the one you choose.Respond immediately because delay may be dangerous.
You can as well reach me here on Tel: +2348168979803 or through My direct email address:
Waiting to hear from you,
Mr.James Fred.

Anti-fraud resources: