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)
Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 08:41:30 -0700
Subject: From the Claims Dept.

Dear beneficiary,

Good day.

I wish to notify you that the sum of US$5 million United States Dollars has been approved to you.

This action, was the final resolution taken by IMF and United Nations to clear up all outstanding debt by cutting all debt payments down to US$5million only to each beneficiary.

We have so far, reconciled and have paid over 62 beneficiaries who have had various problems receiving their payments in the past. We have been able to ascertain the cause of some of these delays, which was pointed to divert of beneficiary's funds by officials of payment agencies or Banks. Fraudulent Officials and Banks that unfeelingly extort money from beneficiaries.

All these problems have been resolved and most beneficiaries whose records have been submitted to us, have been paid directly by International Certified Bank Draft.

Acknowledge receipt of this letter urgently and state in your response to us on how you want to receive this money.

I await your response.

Best Regards,
Dr.Edward Mann.

Anti-fraud resources: