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: "CONF.INFO" <>
Reply-To: Kathleen Patrick <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 01:35:13 +0530 (IST)

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Global Humanitarian Aid Organization For Human Development is glad to announce to you the Upcoming international conference meeting. It is my pleasure to invite you to the International conference on Violence, Human Trafficking, Child Protection against Forced Labor, which will be taking place from 18th – 20th 2013 in the United States and in Madrid Spain, from September 23rd – 30th 2013.

We sincerely invite you to join us in participating in the conference meeting to make our world a better place. Successful registered participants are entitled to meals and accommodation which will be provided during their stay in the U.S.A only. Participant Air Tickets for both venues will be sponsored by our organization and donors.

Note: If you are a holder of an international passport that may require visa to enter the United States Or Spain, you may inform the conference registrar at the time of registration, as the organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements and travel assistance.

If you are interested to participate in the international conference, you are to write to the registrar office directly via Email: for urgent respond. More information will be giving to you as soon as you contact the registrar.

Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Kathleen Patrick
Regional Director

Anti-fraud resources: