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. Breanna Wilson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:49:28 -0400

Hello Dear.
I am Mrs. Breanna Wilson, I am a US citizen, am 33 years Old. I reside here in California. My residential address is as follows. 8002 San Mateo Cr Buena Park Ca 90620, United Statess, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $40,950USD while in the United States trying to get my payment all to no avail.
I was directed to meet Attorney Wayne Collins whom I explained everything that has happened to me. He made me to understand that i have been contacting the wrong people, and after i fellowed all his instructions on how i would get my funds and i trust in him after 1 week of working with him i was final paid my lost money of $4,500,000.00 (four million five hundred thousand dollars).
Moreover, Attorney Wayne Collins showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name and email address as one of the beneficiaries that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people.
I will advise you to contact Attorney Wayne Collins You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name: Attorney Wayne Collins
Direct Number: +1 470-465-5067
When I met the attorney i was only charged $625.00 for the delivery of the funds because the its was in a consignment box, take note of that.
I hope you heed to my advise.
Thank You and Remain Blessed.
Mrs. Breanna Wilson

Anti-fraud resources: