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 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 bank 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
- Fake banks and Web sites in the news
- Old Coaster's List of Bank Regulators around the World
Announcement:Internet Systems Consortium
We would like to thank ISC for their ongoing support of our efforts.
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation dedicated to supporting the infrastructure of the universal connected self-organizing Internet—and the autonomy of its participants—by developing and maintaining core production quality software, protocols, and operations.
For more information on ISC, please click on their logo above.
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.
DomainTools.com is an excellent resource for learning more about the background of a web site: who hosts it, who registered it, its history, and so on. The majority of its services and tools are free, but with registered accounts you get access to a lot of additional "power" tools. The Artists recommend it for anybody seriously interested in web site research. Take a look for yourself...