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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: Western Union Benin <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:50:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: TRACKYOUR PAYMENT MTCN) :# 9611517744


Good Day, I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full over due payment total sum of $950,000.00 USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance.

So I decided to email you the MTCN and senders name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day.

But it was agreed that you will pay the Transfer Clearance Certificate Renew Payment file which is sum of $68.00 before the release of the payment to you.

After the payment of $60.00 your Payment File will be renew then  you will go and  pick up this information and locate any western union around to pick up the $5000.00 and call me because I am the person in charge of your payment, and I  can send you another payment today once you contact him, Cell Phone Number +229- 98262386

E-mail :( ) contact him once you picked up the $5000.00 today.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer clearance certificate renew of your payment file of $68.00 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the Senders Information;

MTCN) :# 9611517744
First Name :...............Patrick
Second Name:........ Wilfred
Text Question: ..........
Answer: ..........
Amount: $5,000usd

Click Website; WUCOMWEB/ load&countryCode=FR& languageCode=fr&pagename= HomePage and track it now to be sure before you go to Western Union Office in your Country OK.

They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer clearance certificate renewal of file payment sum of $60.00 today, and you can use this below information to send the

transfer charges today.
Receiver Name....EUGENE NWALIEJI
Country------Benin Republic
Your. City----- Cotonou
Text Question----What Colour
Sender's Name----

Be advice that $60 Transfer Clearance Certificate is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely.

Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will call once the payment information’s is sent to you.
 I wait for the payment details urgent

Yours faithfully,

Director, Western Union Office 
Western Union Benin Republic
Direct Line: +229- 98262386

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