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 Bill Gates" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 06:13:53 +0100
Subject: Re: $5 Million Usd Donation From Bill Gates125.50

Greetings You have been gifted $5 MILLION USD From Mr Bill Gates. Contact m=
e at this email for your claim:
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to kno=
w why/how I selected you to receive a sum of $5,000,000,00 USD,
I BILL GATES and my wife decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to=
you as part of our charity project to improve the 10 lucky individuals all=
over the world from our $65 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help p=
eople. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance and i saw yo=
ur profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Melinda my wife a=
nd i have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to=
see. as you could see from the webpage above,am not getting any younger an=
d you can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire in=
vestor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Bef=
ore we die we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other indi=
viduals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross,=
Haiti, hospitals in truro where Melinda underwent her cancer treatment, an=
d some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, alzheimer'=
s and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of =
this charity donation. we have kept just 30% of the entire sum to our self =
for the remaining days because i am no longer strong am sick and am writing=
you from hospital computer.and me and my wife will be traveling to Germany=
for Treatment.
To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which h=
ave been donated solely to you, you are to send me
your full names.................
your contact address................
your personal telephone number...............
so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am ho=
ping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over the=
re in your City. please you have to do your part to also alleviate the leve=
l of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this m=
oney in your personal account because that is the only objective of donatin=
g this money to you in the first place.
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google m=
y name for more information: Mr Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates Foundati=
Remain Blessed
Mr Bill Gates

Anti-fraud resources: