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: "DHL DELIVERING COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:49:34 -0700
Subject: Attention package own!!!

Attention package own!!!

Your package ATM Card has been registered with DHL COMPANY this morning and we all agreed up that the delivery of your $7.5 Million Usd compensation Box will take off

tomorrow morning. So contact them with your full info below,
Reconfirm the following information below so that i can deliver your
consignment box to you today.

Full Name=============
Mobile Phone Number========
Nearest Airport ===========
Current Home Address========
Your I d Card=================
Your Email Address============

compensation box is $7.5 Million USD and on no circumstances should you let him know the content. The compensation were moved from here as India Cloths, so never allow

him to open the box on OK.

Yours faithfully,
+229 6867-4072
Email: (

Anti-fraud resources: