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 Ortey Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:46:51 +0100
Subject: Attention please.

Attention please.
How are you? hope all is well with you and your family.I know that you
might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to our
mistake to delay the delivery up till now.I am writing to inform you
that your file was found in our office today and we discovered that
your cheque of $3.8Million united state dollars have not been sent to
you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs. Victoria Crawford.
We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us
because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete
the instruction giving by our Boss. My dear, Note that your cheque has
been converted into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is
to tell you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $3.8 Million in
ATM CARD is concluded today.
Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover
it from not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your
Federal Government and we have deposit your ATM Card with the
conclusion to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them with
you current information.
(1.) Your Full name,________________
(2.) Your home Address,______________
(3.) Your current telephone number,______
(4.) A copy of your identification (if any),__________
(5.) Your country,____________________
(6.) Your nearest air port,________________
Try and get in contact with the ATM Unit Director on this below
Contact Person; Dr Ben Koswell,
Phone: +22999508581
Please try to call or email him immediately to know when Your ATM CARD
will be deliver to you. I wait for your update as soon as you have
receive your ATM CARD. Mr. Stephen will also guide you on how to make
withdrawal daily and make sure you do not give out your email account
password to any offices or persons to avoid lost of information.
Thanks and God Bless You.
Yours sincerely
Mrs Ortey Mark

Anti-fraud resources: