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: Kris Tang <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 04:55:45 -0400

Good day,

I am Kris Tang,i am a banker in a financial institution in Malaysia with
a lot of investment portfolio.I got your contact as a trusted person.I
need your help to present you as next of kin to a deceased client that
shares the same last name as yours, who died as the result of a
heart-related condition in March 12th 2015.

I am contacting you to assist me in Claiming the money left behind by
this client. (US$7.7 million dollars) is lodged in the bank here in
Malaysia.Please do get back to me.I will be looking forward to receive
your quick response.All other correspondence will be via this my
personal email until we meet.

Kris Tang

Anti-fraud resources: