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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: "TRACEY DIDANE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:05:28 +0200

Ref Number: JDD/0999/171
Batch Number: EGS/1983-022
Audit Number: D2A610


We are please to inform you of the end of the year release of the SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM, held on the 1st DECEMBER, 2011. Due to the mix up of numbers and names, the results were later released on the 28TH of DECEMBER, 2011. Your name attached to Reference Number: JDD/0999/171 with, Batch Number: EGS/1983-022 drew the lucky numbers 4-13-21-27-36-38 B 45, which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved a lump sum payment of €800.000.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file REF.NO: JDD/0999/171. This is from a total cash prize of €17, 000, OOO.00 (SEVENTEEN MILLION EUROS) shared among the lucky winners). CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your fund is now deposited with a bank and insured in your name here in Madrid Spain. We ask that you keep your award information strictly confidential, until your claim has been processed and money remitted to your possession as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from (Six Million) names from Asia, America, Africa, Europe, and South Pacific, as part of our end of the year International promotion program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead.

To begin your lottery claims, please contact your claim agent, DR CARLOS FERNANDEZ, THE FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, ANTON SECURTY COMPANY S A. ON TEL NO: 00 34 603 168 046. FAX NO: 00 34 917 693 107.or Email ( ) for the processing and remittance of your prize winning money to a designated bank account of yours choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 15th January, 2012. Any claim, not made before this date will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed fund.

And also be informed that 10% of your Winning belongs to ANTON SECURITY S.A, because they are the promotion Registered company to back up your winning claims, before payment will be made to you. Your agent will direct you further on the administrative requirement to enable the bank release your fund to the designated bank account of your choice, or through a certified bank cheque as you may wish.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent company. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your claims agent company as soon as possible.Please note that a copy of your letter has been sent to your agent. Congratulations once again!!!!!

Yours Sincerely
Vice President

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