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: "SUPER ENALOTTO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:02:46 -0700
Subject: Email Winning Result 2012****.

Email Winning Result 2012****. It is a profound gratitude communicating with you through this medium. We SUPER ENALOTTO International wish to inform you that your email address with Ticket Number: 3-5-10-13-22-36, Serial Number 4121-00, Lucky Number:10631NE File Reference Number: XA/9146211,Batch Number:CR7811 won prize fund of 930,510.00 Euros categorically in our lottery program. Please contact our Foreign Transfer Manager with your contact details your Phone,Fax Number. PROSEGUR SEGURIDAD. S.A Dr. Don Laurenc Bellet Telephone :+ 34 603 130 628. Email: Yours Sincerely, Mrs.Linda Whitelock (COORDINATORE DE LA PROMOCION)

Anti-fraud resources: