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: Lucy Akanki <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 12:36:33 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.
Compliments of the day.

Can you assist to handle this transaction? More details information will be
sent to you as soon as i receive your response.The below details
informations is needed from you to enable us proceed as this is a huge
money transaction of 4.5 Million US dollars.I know this is a surprise Email
message to you but i will be happy to receive your details information
showing your genuity and interest in this transaction.

1. Full name:.............
2. Current Address:..........
3. Telephone N°:..............
4. Occupation:..............
5. Age:.................
6. Country:................

I will be appreciated if you can reach me on ( )

Waiting to hear from you soon.
Waiting For Your Urgent Response
Thanks and remain blessed
Lucy Akanki

Anti-fraud resources: