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: "DR HERIC ZAC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2018 11:16:35 -0700

Good Day Friend,
My name is DR HERIC ZAC, A Banker here in Malaysia, I occupy the position of an accountant in this branch office, it is with good spirit of heart I opened up this
great opportunity to you.
A deceased client of mine that bears the same last name with you, died as the result of a heart-related, he left behind US $ 18.5M Eighteen million five hundred
thousand dollars.
I seek your partnership in receiving these fund. If interested, reply
immediately for detailed information.
Yours sincerely.
Account Manager

Anti-fraud resources: