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.Edwards Joe" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:28:28 +1300

Are you ready to pick up this $5,000.00 sent today. We have concluded
to effect your payment through western union$5,000.00 daily until the
$15,500.000.00 is completely transferred. Meanwhile, Samson Nkono has
western union $5,000.00 in your name today. So contact Western union
Agent to pick up this $5000 now:Contact person: Mrs Cecilia William.
Text him massage WHATS APP NUMBER +1(548)8790388 E-mail
( )

Ask her to give you the mtcn, sender name, qu=estion and answer to
pick the $5,000.00. Also you should send to him your information
Your full name _______
Your country ____

The Fee you have to pay is activate transfer files only this is your

Mr.Edwards Joe

Anti-fraud resources: