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: "Debt Reconcliation Comittee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:06:33 -0700
Subject: Scam Victims Compensation By Atm Card

Dear Customer,

This is to official inform you that we Debt Reconcilation Comittee has take it upon their self to settle all forgein Debts which your name is among them each with US$1.5 Million Dollars.this is in line with the meeting with European Union and United Nation.
We have resolved that two method of payment shall take place.You to are chose below the method you want to recieve your compensation.

1. Payment By Atm Debt Card
2. Cash Delivery
Upon your confirmation of your details such as.
1.FULL NAME......
3.YOUR HOME ADDRESS...........

You are to contact Dr.Marcel Owen with your above information by email ( )
Ms.Marie Wylie ( Secretary Debt Reconcilation Committee)

Anti-fraud resources: