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: Ernst Rottmar <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 03:50:26 -0700
Subject: Re:Hello...


My name is Ernst Rottmar and I work in a bank in the United Kingdom. I was
informed last month that one of our foreign customer's was killed by the
Bashar al-Assad soldiers in Syria. No one in our office is aware of this
sad event.

He deposited the sum of £10.3 million Pounds with our bank. I want to
present you as his next of kin and claim the money. Both of us will share
the money once it gets out of our bank and into your account.
Please get back to me as soon as possible.


Ernst Rottmar

Anti-fraud resources: