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: Dan Daniels <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:29:01 -0700
Subject: Practicing lawyer

I am a Practicing lawyer in the United Kingdom. I want to seek your candid collaboration in handling a business venture that I feel would be mutually beneficial to you and I. May I ask your permission to present you as a beneficiary to the will of one of my trusted clients? My client and his whole family members where involve Since after this unfortunate incidence, I have not been able to locate any member of his family to be presented to his bank for claims of his deposit as the law permits. It is now about time the government of the United Kingdom convert the money to hers. On receipt of your response in affirmation of your willingness to work with me, I will send to you full details and more information about myself and the said funds for your better understanding send me your phone/fax/addresses,Yours faithfully Dan Daniels

Anti-fraud resources: