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.George F.Moore" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.George F.Moore" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:20:01 +0900 (JST)

Your package worth the total sum of ($2.5million usd in an ATM CARD) is here in our office. It was deposited to this office by the United Nations {HEAD CONSULTANT} saying that it was won by your email address in their ongoing on-line random selection
Compensation scheme 2014 in association with the International Corporation Benin Republic OIL&GAS LTD.
What you have to do now is to contact our delivery department with your information and as soon as we confirm your details our delivery team will commence with the delivery of your package to your designated address immediately.
You would require submitting information bellow:
Your: ….Full Name
Your: .....Home address where the ATM CARD will be delivered
You’re: ….Phone Number
You’re… nearest airport                         
You’re… Country
We shall proceed on your delivery as soon as we confirm your
Information, I also wish to inform you that you will be taking the
Responsible of the delivery charges being ($105) usd only.
Note that you are to contact our Head Dispatch Officer (Mr. Gorge F Moore) with the required information to avoid wrong delivery thanks.
Await your prompt positive response.
Office information….email (or) call +229-99750543

Anti-fraud resources: