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: Rev.Carlos Martinez <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:40:12 -0500
Subject: Dear Friend

No. 280 Kent Avenue

Dear Friend,

I am Rev. Carlos Martinez from France, I have been an international contractor that collects contract from Big Companies and countries, I got involved in one contract in South Africa which my payment was refused, I was down and almost lose hope.

After 2 years of this contract, I later talked to God to assist me in getting this money. I made a vow to benefit someone with the sum of Two million United State Dollars USD $2.000,000 draft payment if my payment could be approved and to my surprise I was called upon by the South Africa Government sometimes last month that my contract file have been looked into and it is ready for payment.I never believed it until I was advised by my Pastor and later moved down to South Africa and to my unbelievable surprise I was paid this money.

Due to my pledge to God I have agreed to show the person that i will be sending the Two Million United State Dollars USD $2.000,000 through ballot system on the internet which happened to be your email so you are lucky. What you have to do now is to get in touch with my secretary Mr Micheal Williams and instruct him on how to send your USD $2.000,000 Bank draft to you.


Mr Micheal Williams
E-mail address:
Phone: +27742744154

Send to my secretary your contact address and telephone number,let him make arrangement for the shipment of your draft to your doorstep and also you can give him a call to confirm your address.What I want you to believe now is that this is the opportunity which God have promised you this year so it is better you have it in time before it goes again from you so contact my secretary in time.And for your information presently i am in the Qatar for another contract so i want you to go into prayer with me for the success of this contract.

With Best Regards,
Rev.Carlos Martinez

Anti-fraud resources: