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 john selden <>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 03:43:29 +0100
Subject: Dear owner your swift responds is highly needed

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Address:6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, USA.

I am Mr. John Selden, The General Manager in Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I
discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from United
Kingdom which was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to our facility
here in Atlanta, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of
money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes.

The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly
declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal
effect/classified document to either avoid diversion by the Shipping
Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. By my assessment,
each of the boxes contains about $4M or more. They are still left in
the airport storage facility till today. As it stands now, you have
to reconfirm your,

(1) Full Name: (2) Phone Number: (3) full address: (4) Occupation: (5) Sex:

So I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on the
official documents. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you
to get back this packages provided you will also give me something out
of it (financial gratification). Please Reply this email strictly at
( Reach me via whatsapp +1(470)

Sorry if you received this letter in your spam, is due to recent
connection error here in the country

Best Regards,

Mr. John Selden
General Manager
E-mail: (
Cell phone:+1(470) 839-6477 TEXT ONLY

Anti-fraud resources: