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: "Manuel Dwyer" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:01:30 -0800
Subject: From Manuel Dwyer

Hello Dear, The internet has been grossly abused by scammers and miscreants whose dreadful acts have hurt and ruined many individuals. In as much as one should be careful, at the same time, we shouldn't allow negativity to kill our positive potential in a genuine privilege.One Passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this topic with anybody. If you have any reasons to reject this offer, please delete this message as any leakage of this information will cause me a severe predicament and defamation. I'm confiding in you with the following information. Firstly, I will like to inform you that the following proposal is 100% risk- free. My name is Manuel Dwyer, a solicitor and financial attorney of a highly ranked law firm in the United Kingdom. This letter is to ask for your support and collaboration to secure a misplaced asset of my late client to avoid liquidation by the financial institution or impoundment by the Government treasury department. My client, late Walter Robb, an Engineer from Schenectady, New York, USA, died of COVID-19 on 23 March 2020. He has no kids, and he was divorced two years before he passed on, hence the search to find his descendent or lineage has proven futile. He owns a Fixed Deposit of 28M (Twenty Eight Million Pounds) in a UK Bank in 2007, and it has accrued interest of 13.8M. It's been over a decade, and the Bank is required to review the fixed deposit contract .As the attorney, the Bank has been contacting me since April 2020 concerning the modification of the contract. I don't want to inform the Bank about his death because it will automatically result in the liquidation of the asset. Also, according to United Kingdom banking law, after the expiration of 12 years, if deposit contract terms are not reviewed or modified, the account or asset will be frozen or subjected to confiscation by the HM treasury. Therefore, I'm seeking your support to stand as the next of kin/beneficiary to claim these funds so that we move them into useful investments. Once acquired, I'm willing to share the asset at 60% / 40% with you .Your presence in the United Kingdom is not needed. As a financial attorney and the legal representative of Walter Robb, I have the legal right and the required documents to successfully initiate the claim. Please, if you are interested in this proposal, kindly forward your contact information as soon as possible for further discussion .In the meantime, please reply private email address as follows for security purposes: ( Thanks for your kind understanding.

Anti-fraud resources: