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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:

From: "Michael Matthias" <>
Reply-To: <><
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 02:34:06 -0700
Subject: Michael

F r i e n d,

Pardon my invading your privacy, I am currently looking for a partnership i n v e s t m e n t in your c o u n t r y because I intend to i n v e s t t in y o u r country as long as you are able to cooperate and do this b u s i n e s s
with me. Your d o not know me but Ig o t your information in s e a r c h of ab u s i n e s s partner in y o u r country. I am B a r. Michael Matthias (E s q) an a t t o r n e y to MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany, a deceased Immigrant and Property magnate, Also referred to as my client. On the 25th of July 2000, my client, his wife and their two Children died in the Air France concord plane crash
bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise.

Before the d e a t h of Mr. Andrea Schranner, I assisted him to i n v e s t some f u n d s with a reputable bank in the Denmark; now the funds are matured and were deposited into his Local account in the United States. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the m o n e y and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by his bank particularly, the bank has issued me a notice to provide any of his n e x t of kiin or have the account confiscated within a short time.

I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kiin of the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at $20.5 m i l l i o n dolla can be paid to youu, and then you and I can share the m o n e y. The mode of shearing will be discussed on your interest in assisting in the t r a n s a c t i o n. I have all necessary information that can be used to back up any C l a i m we may make.

All I require is your honest co-opperaation to enable us to see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate a r r a n g e m e n t that will protect you from any breach of the law. Trust me, as his a t t o r n e y; this is a Risk f r e e business r e l a t i o n s h i p. Please get in toucch with me if you are i n t e r e s t e d and I shall discuss f u r t h e r about this t r a n s a c t i o n up?on your r e s p o n s e to this message.

Best regards,???

Michael Matthias

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