Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Back to the "How to Recognize a AFF/Nigerian Scam" page
If you receive an offer vian email from someone claiming to need your help getting money out of Nigeria (or any other country, for that matter):
U.S. Federal law enforcement authorities are intercepting and destroying millions of foreign Nigerian money scam mailings sent or delivered by the truckload into the U.S. And consumers, lured by prospects of instant wealth, are responding to the solicitations that do get through-to the tune of $120 million a year, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about responding to an emailed money scam:
The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for money schemes.
To report telemarketing fraud of any kind, contact your state Attorney General.
Unsolicited email offers, like other commercial e-mail solicitations, must comply with the CAN-SPAM Act, effective January 1, 2004. This federal law mandates, among other things, that subject lines be honest and consumers can easily opt-out of receiving additional e-mails. (For more information on CAN-SPAM)
Click here to file a
complaint about a lottery scam
If you want to file a complaint about a violation of
National Do Not Call Registry or register your telephone number on the
If you want to file a report about Identity Theft, please
use the FTC's
Identity Theft Complaint Form.
If you have a specific complaint about unsolicited commercial e-mail
(spam), use the form below. You can forward spam directly to the Commission at
SPAM@UCE.GOV without using the complaint form.
If you want to file a complaint about an online
transaction that involves a foreign company, please
click here to use the econsumer.gov complaint form.
Below is a list of many known lottery scams. Many
originate in London, but they may use any address. Similarly, they
change their names frequently. Recognize a scam not merely by it's
name and location, but simply by the practice described above. And
If it sounds too good to be true: IT IS!!!!