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Does somebody want to transfer millions of dollars into your account?
Does someone want to pay you to cash cheques and send them the money?
Met a new friend/penpal on a friendship/dating site who's asking you for money?
Has a dying person contacted you wanting your help to give his money to charity?
Have you sold an item and are asked to accept a payment larger than the item amount?


Don't fall for common scams like this - fight them!

So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their time and resources. Whilst you are doing this, you will be helping to keep the scammers away from real potential victims and screwing around with the minds of deserving thieves.

It doesn't matter if you are new to this sport or a hardened veteran; if you are wasting the time of a scammer, or frustrating them in any way well that's good enough for us, and we would welcome you to join with our now very large community.

Although this site concentrates mainly on the Nigerian 419 scam, we are happy to deal with other types of scams if and when the opportunity arises. We also have a large team of experts dedicated to the removal and closure of fake scammer banks and sites.

Even if you are a newcomer, much fun can be had and at the same time you will be doing a public service. If you are new to this game and need to know what scambaiting is all about, please click on the 419 FAQ link at the top of the page. See also Baiting Tips for information on getting started on this great cyber-sport

We encourage everyone to contribute to this site and the good cause of scambaiting by joining in the fun on the FORUM where you can meet new friends and seek expert help, tips and advice on anti-scamming. User participation is absolutely encouraged. Please help us to raise awareness the world over!

Do not be fooled into thinking scammers operate from a specific part of the world. Advance fee fraud scammers are a world-wide menace, and they operate from every continent. These scammers range from small one-man-band criminals scamming a few thousand dollars a year, to highly organised groups raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.


Please take time to read our article, "The Ethics of Scambaiting"
and also the following important information.

Here are some of the latest threads from our forums


Fake Checks and Mobile Deposits
Long time lurker, needing some feedback. I consider myself pretty savvy with a variety of business and individual scams/fraud. This one has me baffled. I manage a small temporary staffing company. We have been recently contacted by two indivi..........
Grandparent Scammers!! SCUMMMM
These people are literally the scum of the universe. They are calling grandparents claiming to be the grand children and saying they had either an accident or have been in some kind of physical altercation and have broken their nose. Please refer to ..........
Rental Scams?
I know these types of scams are very common. Upon browsing I came across a very obvious scam. Scammer is listing a high-end apartment for the price of what a room for rent goes for in the area, all amenities included, wants to be email..........
IRS/Tech Support Scams -Why they're not discussed here
Recently we've had a number of members asking about IRS/Techsupport/Card Services scams. At 419eater we do not deal with this type of fraud, however, as there have been questions, here is a quick post outlining why [b:1c822b95bd]we do not bait or di..........
A different Kind of Tech Support Scam
The last couple days I keep getting a call from a (202-Washington) number and I decided to call it back with a "burner" app on my phone. (by the way, do any of you use such apps and if so do you have any you'd recommend?) Long story short, his (Afric..........

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