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. David Moore." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:29:26 -0700
Subject: pls move to inbox,Compensation For Your Past Efforts./

Dear Friend,

I want to inform you that I later transferred the money to another business partner, am currently in India with my new business partner. We are investing the money out there. Please did not forget your past efforts when we were trying to transfer the money together, I kept a sum of $2.5Million USD as a compensation for your good effort and good heart. Contact my personal secretary

Secretary: Master Raymond Ubah.
Tel: +234-902-364-7214.

He will send you the parcel value of $2.5MUSD, you can reach me when you receive the money. Thank you very much and remain blessed.

Mr. David Moore.

Anti-fraud resources: