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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Own Ibrahim" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 22:23:34 +0530 (IST)
Subject: HERE IS YOUR PAYMENT Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N): 4801453807

Attention. Dear

The Board of Federal Minister of Finance (FMF) Benin Republic is hereby to notify you of your payment inherited funds of $1.5M which was approved after the meeting held on 1st June 2011.  His Excellency the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN (DR YAYI BONI) has instructed this Department to send your funds through western union money transfer for easy receive of your inherited funds without any further delay to avoid paying money to the fraudsters that is going on through Courier Company.

The maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from today is ($3,600) Also your are required by federal minister of finance (FMF) Benin Republic to send us the sum of $55.00 dollar for Re-Newing and Re-confirming Of your file that was deposited in this office, as you can see below.

Our accountant officer sent your first payment of $3,600 today, but it is on hold by federal ministry of finance (FMF) Benin Republic, and according to Mr. Thamos Onyibor secretary to Federal Minister of Finance (FMF) Benin ,She told me that you cannot pick up the $5000 now, because it is on hold , unless you pay the $55 to Renew and Reconfirm your files of your $1.5M  Below is the payment information of your first payment :

Tracking it follow our website by Click tracking.

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N): 4801453807
Senders First Name: John    
Senders Last Name: Mansaray
Test Question======== When
WHEN TEST ANSWER: ============ Today
AMOUNT======== == = $3,600.00USD ONLY

You can track it by typing: and click tracking then you enter this MTCN: (4801453807) and sender name: John Mansaray and last name: COBB. Note immediately we confirm this $50 for Renew and Reconfirm your files of your total $1.5M you first payment of $5000 will be release to you without any other delay, So be advise you to try as much as you can send the $50 today to enable us proceeds on this your transaction And your $5000, will release to your immediately And you will beginning received your payment

Note below is information to send the money through western union money transfer

Receiver Name...Mr. Paul Chiozie.
Country; Benin Republic
City; ....... .......Cotonou
Address; .......St, Peter & Paul Road Cotonou Benin Republic.
Text Question; .......How Much?
Answer; ....... .......$55.00)
Sender's Name........ .....?

We wait to receive the western union money transfer payment information today or you can call my direct line at +22-999-663-205

Mr. Owen Ibrahim
Foreign operation manager

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