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"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.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 10:40:46 +0100
Subject: LOAN OFFER(V.P)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I Offer Private,Commercial and Personal Loans with very Minimal annual
Interest Rates as Low as 2% within a 1 year to 5 years repayment
duration period to any part of the world. We give out loans within the
range of 1,000 to 10,000,000.00 Our loans are well insured for
maximum security is our priority. Fill out your info below to get
started and as time goes on if there is anything you do not understand
please do not hesitate to ask question!!

* Full Name:
* Address:
* City:
* State:
* Country
* Occupation:
* Monthly Income:
* Tel:
* Mobile:
* Loan Purpose:
* Loan Amount Needed:
* Loan Duration:

Interested Persons should contact via E-mail:

Anti-fraud resources: