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: "GOOGLE INC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 01:46:15 -0700

Google 13th Anniversary Awards Centre,
Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, United Kingdom.

Dear Google Winner,

You have just been selected amongst 20 winners for GBP1,500,000.00 British
Pounds Sterling for the GOOGLE INC. 13th Anniversary Prize Presentation.
Stated below are your identification numbers:

Award Reference code: GOOGLE568A2014
File number: G255

Please provide your

(1.) Full Names
(2.) Country
(3.) Contact Address
(4.) Sex
(5.) Occupation
(6.) Marital Status
(7.) Age
(8.) Telephone Number

NOTE: Do Not Reply If You Are Not The Owner Of This Email Address.

Director of Peoples Operations:
Mr. Laszlo Bock
email: OR
Mobile: +44 701 2969 598
Fax: +44 704 090 1883

Google Management.
NB:Be advice that if you have received this winner notification do not
reply this message.

Anti-fraud resources: