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: "Micro Team" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:13:10 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Letter of confirmation

Microsoft 2014 Announcement

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise as we
congratulate you over your success in the official publication of results
in the e-MAIL electronic online Sweepstakes Lottery organized by Microsoft
Corporation in conjunction with the Microsoft Software Donations.
Microsoft is proud to work with more than 50,000 nonprofits around the
world every year to provide them with affordable access to the technology
they need to support their work in local communities, and to leverage
technology to help them be more efficient, effective and innovative in
doing their important work. Whether it is through our software products
donations, technology solutions for nonprofit problems, or Office 365 for
Nonprofits, we strive to help nonprofits do more good in the U.S and all
over the world.

Your e-MAIL ID as selected has won a cash donation of US$1,000,000.00 (One
million United States Dollars) only. Quickly confirm the receipt of this
award with your winning particulars attached to File Number: F1267-2014,
Ref. Code: KP23/857/MCL4/CO and, Selected Serial Number:
MICC/97846563459/14 for your verification and payment. To claim your award
prize, please contact the authorized Payment Office in London - United
Kingdom before the deadline stipulations;

Microsoft Software Donations Team:
Dr. Peter Adams (Head, operations)
Tel: 44 745 976 6474

Congratulations from the management of Microsoft Corporation and for more
details on Microsoft Software Donations please view:

Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO)

Anti-fraud resources: