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: Diplomat Ben Eric <>
Reply-To: Diplomat Ben Eric <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:29:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I HAVE ARRIVED IN San Diego International Airport YOUR URGENT

I’m diplomat Ben Eric; I have been trying to reach you on your telephone
about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in San
Diego International Airport with your two boxes of consignment worth
$3.5 Million United State Dollars which I have been instructed by
President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to be delivered to you.
The Airport authority demanded for all the  legal back up papers to
prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money,
I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much
pleased with the paper’s Please try and reach me with my international
roaming number +1 (619) 350-7406 as I can not afford to spend more time
here due to other delivery I have to take care of in New Mexico.
I want you to know that you have 24 hours to call me on phone +1 (619)
350-7406 As you may know I do not want the security company where this
Consignment is lodged to start raising an eye brow because of the length
of time it has stayed.
However, before the delivery is effected, we need you to reconfirm the
following information's so that the funds will not be delivered to
someone else.
1.Full Name
2.Residential Address
3.Direct Telephone Numbers
After verification of the information with what I have on file,I shall
contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be
bringing your package to your residential address.
Send the requested information so that we can proceed.
Diplomat Ben Eric
Reply to:

Anti-fraud resources: