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: "Mr. John Holiday." <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:48:34 -0700

Attn Once Again


I have to inform you again, that we are not playing over this, i know
my reason for the continuous sending of this notification to you, the
fact is that you can't seem to trust any one again over this payment
for what you have been in cantered in many months ago, but i want you
to trust me, i cannot scam you for $39 it is for bank processing fee
of your payment, the fee of $39 is clearly written to you before, i
did not invent the bill to defraud you of $39 it is an official bank
payment processing fee and the good part of this, is that you will
never, ever be disturbed again over any kind of payment,

This is final and the forms from there becomes effective once we
submit your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee
of $39 i don't want you to loose this fund this time because you may
never get another such good opportunity,

The federal government is seen and very determined to pay your overdue
debts, this is not a fluke, I don’t want you to loose this fund out
of ignorance, i will send you all the documents as soon as bank
payment processing fee is paid, you have to trust me, you will get
your fund, find a way to get this $39 you will not loose it, instead
it will bring your financial breakthrough,

Find the money and send it to our bursary.

The reason why am sending you this because i want you to receive your
$1.5m usd immediately because we are trying to round up for this
payment program.

Here is the payment information through western union; finally my
advice to you is not to abandon this transaction because of the
requirement of ($39)

I want you to send the bank process fee of $39 usd via western union.

Receivers Name:.....Chris Emeka
Address: 14, Oremeji Street, Cotonou
Test Question: ...... When
Answer: ................Now

I await your urgent reply with the bank processing fee of 39 usd so
that your shipment will leave this country tomorrow morning.

Call +229 67660832
Mrs, Vivian Douglas

Anti-fraud resources: