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: "Mr. Vincent Pierre" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2018 11:33:03 -0700
Subject: Thanks in advance


Good day,

My name is Mr Vincent Brian Pierre, I am the Investment and Administrative Manager at Vision Finance Limited Norwich Branch, United Kingdom.

I have a profound and immense business I will love to discuss with you ,which will be of good benefit to both of us if carefully and intelligently handled.

I am contacting you seeking your consent to partner with me to put a claim of an Excess Investment Profit Returns (EIPR) which my department recorded.This Excess has a value of GBP8,100,000.00 (Eight Million One Hundred Thousand British Pounds only).

My purpose of contacting you is to seek your consent and permission to enlist you as one of Vision Finance foreign Investor , then after due processing the company will pay or transfer this excess value of £8,100,000.00 to any of your nominated bank account as your annual Investment Dividend which me and you will share/disburse it among ourselves.

Note this operation strictly requires the participation of a foreign citizen,thus I am contacting you to if you will be interested and willing to work with me to actualize it.

My assignment is this operation as the company staff is to make sure i procure all the necessary documentation to back up the operation legally and officially.

Due to the nature and confidentiality of this operation,i will address the full details of this business on my next communication to you.

Please note as this great deal requires quick and fast commencement / proceeding and I will appreciate if you find time to respond to this message today and send me the below listed information to enable me commence all the paper works in your name.

1) Your Full Name :
2) Your Current Address :
3) Your Nationality :
4) Your Contact Telephone :
5) Company Name : (if any)
6) Present Occupation:
7) Sex : (Male / Female)
8) Email Address :

Looking forward to reading your email today.

Thanks in advance


Mr. Vincent Brian Pierre

Anti-fraud resources: