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"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.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Linda Alex," <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:59:31 +0000

I am Mrs. Linda Alex , I am a US citizen, 51 years Old, I reside here in America My residential address is as follows.9230 Mcnenry ave so
gate ca zip 90280 USA, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had
paid over $38,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact Bar
Lord Ruben, who his a representative of the ( F B I ) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently in USA, and I contacted
him and he explained everything to me, he said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment, Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received
my compensation funds of $4.5 Million Us Dollars.
Moreover Bar Lord Ruben showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name and email as
one of the scam victims, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only
making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Bar Lord Ruben.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name: Bar Lord Ruben.
Phone number: +1 920-447-1376
You are hereby advised to contact Bar Lord Ruben with the following information's below
1. Your Names in full
2. Your Occupation
3. Your Residential Address
4. Your Place and date of birth
5. Your Telephone and fax Number
6. Your id
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway
with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Bar Lord Ruben was just $255 the paper work of my transfer, take note of that so if you can not travel down to Florida to meet with him he can do the transfer into your personal account after you must have send the $255 to his accounting officer for the transfer paper work of your funds with assurance.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Bar Lord Ruben so that he can help you to deliver your fund instead
of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Linda Alex,
9230 Mcnenry ave so gate ca zip 90280
United States of America.

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