Welcome to Artists Against 419
The Internet is great, isn't it? It's a magical place, where you can buy anything you want, meet new people, find information... and lose all your money to scammers.
We've never liked that last part, so we started to fight back. Over time our art has evolved, and we now maintain the largest manually researched online repository of web sites used in internet fraud.
We offer a complete public interface for our site visitors, as well as database access through webservices which can be used for automated retrieval of fake site entries. Web browser toolbars use our database feed to warn users that a site they visit is a fake company run by scammers. But most importantly, we continue to build better relations with other anti-fraud organizations and webhosting companies, to pursue our goal of ridding the Internet of fraudulent web sites.
- FAQ and Support
- What is 419?
- Is this a legit site? Use some Online search tools to help identify fraud
- Links to other sites
- Old Coaster's List of Bank Regulators around the World
Announcement: Anti Phishing Working Group
We believe that open communication between all companies and groups involved in the fight against internet fraud is the only way to combat it.
To that end, the Artists Against 419 are proud to announce their membership of the Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG), and look forward to co-operating with its many members. Our main focus of work will remain fake websites used in Advance Fee fraud, but we aim to share our knowledge where possible.
For more information on the APWG, please click on their logo above.
WHOXY is a great tool to research a domain's history or the behavior of a registrant. Much as some parties would like to describe WHOIS data as privacy invasive, the reality is it allows transparency to consumer and commerce alike and, if used correctly, is rather a stepping stone to consumer trust protecting both consumer and service provider alike. It also allows researchers and consumers to research issues that undermines the legitimate internet, avoiding and/or addressing them. WHOXY is a great tool for this purpose and a must in your bookmarks or toolkit.