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: "John" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 10:52:57 -0000
Subject: Re: Respond

I sent you an email on 22/04/2022 which I do not know if you really received or not because I got no answer from you. I am John Mills, an account officer with a Bank. We have a late engineer who the government wants to seize his money Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($10.500.000.00) because no name is identified as his next of kin. I am asking for your full cooperation to enable us to transfer the money into your bank for us to share it 50/50 or invest it into real estate at the same rate instead of the government to seize it for infrastructure maintenance. I will be glad to hear from you very soon if you receive my message this time unlike before. The fund will be legally transferred into your bank account if you accept my proposal, Kindly give me your direct cell phone number for more discussion and I will send you the legal detail process of getting the money into your bank account without delay.
John Mills

Anti-fraud resources: