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, Jack Don" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 00:22:36 +0100
Subject: Attention URGENT RESPONSE


Following the instruction to pay all scam victims $9.6 Million each by
the UNITED NATIONS and IMF through Money gram transfer service, we
wish to inform you that your email address was one of the lucky ones
to receive this prize. You will be receiving $5000 daily until the
whole amount is completely transferred to you, today we have already
sent you $5000, but

to make sure that there is no mistake; the reference information
cannot be forwarded now until you confirm the following:

1. Name__________
2. Address_______
3. Cell Phone_________
4. Occupation____
5. Age_________

The above information should b also include this transaction

secret code: MGX678G. Note: Your file will expire after 3 days if
there is no response, then we will not have any option than to return
your fund to IMF as unclaimed.Your swift response will enhance our
service, thanks for your co-operation

MR,Jack Don
Money gram global money transfer service
CALL OR TEXT ME AT +1-281 456 3323

Anti-fraud resources: