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.Frank Anthony" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:26:08 -0300
Subject: HELLO GOOD DAY!!!

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr.Frank Anthony a bank officer with Capitec Bank Limited South

I have a business proposal to discuss with you. The business is all about
transferring $30,000,000.00 to your favor for investment purposes which is
the reason I am contacting with you for our own benefits. For more
details, please do contact me ASAP.

Also kindly promise me that I will never be betrayed with my family after
assisting us to claim this fund from the Bank reply via my private email( )

Send your direct phone number when replying.

Thank you and may God bless you!
Frank Tony.

Anti-fraud resources: