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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: Donald Shing LAM <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:03:13 -0500 (ECT)
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Gr=C3=BC=C3=9Fe/Greetings?=

Darf ich Fragen, ob Sie wäre berechtigt, eine Business Vorschlag von USD28.5m mit mir zu verfolgen, wenn Sie nichts dagegen haben? Lass mich wissen, wenn Sie interessiert sind.
May I ask if you would be eligible to pursue a Business Proposal of USD28.5m with me if you dont mind? Let me know if you are interested.

Anti-fraud resources: