The Internet Scam Resource (Est. 2004)

Scamdex is an Internet Resource and Archive of all things SCAMMY - Scam Emails from African Dictators, Dating Scams, Phishing Emails, Fake/Counterfeit Product Scams, Lottery Scams, Work-from-home Job Scams, Classified Ad and online Auction Scams, Identity Theft and any other kind of On-Line Fraud.

Our mission is to help the community collect, classify and index Internet scams as fast as they appear, making them available for viewing within minutes of being received.

Scam Tip Off Reports

Image of a thief stealing money Seen a Scammer Operating? The Scamdex Scam Tip Off Report is the best way to publicize a scam that you've seen (anonymously, if you like) or a scammer that has tried to rip you off.

Scam Classifications

Scamdex sorts it's huge archive of Email Scams and Scam Tip-Off Reports into several classifications:
  1. Advance Fee Fraud
    : A nominal payment is required to release some much larger amount which is held by a third party. Any transaction that promises a huge return for a relatively small fee is probably an Advance Fee Fraud, also known as 'Nigerian' or '419 Fraud'.
    There is no 'millions', Mrs Abacha doesnt have the money either.
  2. Lottery Scams
    Payment is required to get your huge unsolicited lottery winnings transferred into your country/bank account. If you are told you have won some random email lottery, or a lottery that you don't remember entering, you are probably being set up for a Lottery Scam. Microsoft, BMW, HP, Google etc. DO NOT DO LOTTERIES!
    There are no 'winnings' , except for the scammer!. Check your Lottery at
  3. Check out the Fresh Scams page for the most up-to-date Scam Emails!
  4. Phishing
    Official-looking emails from banks, retailers and other online services, including Facebook, eBay, MySpace, PayPal, Chase Bank etc) which ask you to 'confirm' some details or which are warning you that your account needs some kind of immediate action. Once they have your login details, they can raid your bank, use online accounts as spam engines or hijack your good name for selling/buying. Often asks for credit card details. These are then used or sold on.
  5. Classified/Auction Scams
    Simple scams using eBay or Craigslist to take either your money, your property or both. May use hijacked accounts with good customer feedback obtained by Phishing to give false confidence..
    Watch out for 'Second Chance Offers' on auctions you did not win!
  6. Fools Gold - a pile of Gold Bricks
  7. Employment Scams
    Employment is usually offered processing international payments, promising to let you keep 10% as comission. You pay the (fake) checks into your bank and send them your good money. By the time the bank bounces the check, your money s gone - almost always demands Western Union payments!.
    The check turns out to be a fake or you get prosecuted for Money Laundering!.
  8. Financial/Investment Scams
    Including High Yield Investment Plans (HYIPs), Ponzi Schemes, Fake 'Affiliate' schemes and Molti-Level Marketing (MLM) scams. Basically offering huge unrealistic returns on investments which turn out to be fraudulent, illegal or non-existent. Solicitations almost always by Spam emails, often uses 'meta-cash' like e-Gold etc.
    The best advice is DYOR (Do Your Own Research).
There is crossover between these basic types, for example, most use counterfeit checks/cheques at some stage and one scam may morph into another or even present several types at one time. All have one thing in common though; to get you to part with your money or your property. Scamdex aims to inform, alert and educate the Internet-using public to help make sure that Crime does not Pay!

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Scamdex believes

organizations utilizing the Internet have a Duty of Care to their users, AND to those victimized by people who use those services for fraudulent means. "


If you are ever asked to send money to someone you don't know personally, Western Union is a Bad Idea!

Especially if the person wants the money quickly, says he can't accept PayPal or other online payment methods, and especially if it's for a big ticket item. In most cases, WU is the same as cash, which is why it's the Scammer's Best Friend. It's not such a great deal if the laptop never turns up and your money is gone!
See here: CraigsList and here: eBay and here: Western Union


Scam-baiting is the practice of corresponding with scammers to waste their time and/or make them look foolish. Predominately used for 'Nigerian' type scams, scammers are asked to provide photographs depicting them in demeaning poses.Scamdex does not approve of this practice for the following reasons:

  1. Scammers are criminals and may live or have contacts in YOUR country.
  2. Scam-baiting can look a lot like simple racism.
If this IS your idea of fun then the website will keep you happy for days. Got a Scam email not in our repository? Forward the email to Scamdex.