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: "Mrs. Greta Safaryan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 04:43:30 -0800

Calle la Virgen de los Peligros,
4,28013 Madrid, Spain
Tell: 0034 631328613
Fax: 0034 917 423 000


6th November, 2017


Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your personal ethics as it is not intended to cause you any embarrassment in what ever form. I got your contact from internet directory and decided to contact you for this transaction that is based on trust and your outstanding, I have an interesting business proposal for you that will be of immense benefit to both of us, Although this may be hard for you to believe, but we stand to gain Huge Amount between us in a matter of weeks, Please grant me the benefit of doubt and hear me out.

With due respect My name is Mrs. Greta Safaryan, a Bank officer here in Spain One Mr. Frank a Crude Oil dealer who has the same surname as yours made a fixed deposit with my bank in 2015 for 108 calendar months,valued at US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 1st of January 2017. Sadly Frank was among the death victims in Dec 6th, 2016 in Indonesia Earthquake that killed over 100 people, He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his untimely end, My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his Account Officer. Frank did not mention any Next of Kin/Heir when the account was opened, he was not married and no children. Recently, my Bank Management requested that Frank should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.

I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Frank is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen, That is why I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/Heir to the account, since you are a foreigner and my bank head quarters will release the account to you, There is no risk involved;the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law, It is better that we claim the money than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds in this ratio, 50/50%, equal sharing. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information highly confidential.

We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response, Check web for more info about Indonesia Earthquake:

Have a nice day. Anticipating your communication.


Mrs. Greta Safaryan
Phone: +34 63132 8613

Anti-fraud resources: