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: "Newman Charlton" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 07:56:29 -0700


Greetings Winner,

If you are the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be glad
this day as the result of the Coca-Cola lotto online e-mail address
free-ticket winning draws of January, 2020 held in United States of
America has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that
your email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you
are entitled to claim the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars(US$3,500,000.00). Your email address was entered
for the online draw on this ticket No: 546-373-66773 and won on this
Lucky No: (14)-(8)-(5)-(19)-(28)-(12)-(30).

On how to receive your won prize of US$3.5M. (Three Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars Only) to enable Mr. Newman Charlton ascertain
you as the rightful winner and receiver of the US$3.5 million dollars
US, MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in your contact
email to him.

Your complete official names, country of origin and country of
residence/work, contact telephone and mobile numbers, address, amount
won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw. OPTIONAL: - [Sex, age,
occupation and job title].

Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering then know
again that this very draw of the Coca-Cola Lottery Organization in which
you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email address
draws were thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all
world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during
winners selection your email address came out among the first ten which
won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to
claim the US$3,500,000.00 dollars

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Newman Charlton
Online Winning Notification Department
Tel: +1-416-500-7403

Anti-fraud resources: