fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



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

Fraud email example:

From: "scott" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:03:39 -0400

The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currentlystandards track details you need to pick up your (5,000) payment bywestern union, you will receive every day till you receive the$2.8millions united state dollars, now no need to send you this atmcard because you can not be able to withdraw the atm card due to theatm master card contain large money on it.

The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your payment,now you are free to comply with wemaco payment office on this email:(

however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by western union per $5,000 a day.

Mr.James Ubah,
western union department
Financial Bank Benin,
Mobile: +229 9878-9714 call me so that i tel what to do ok
E-mail: (

The financial western union payment canter has been mandated to issueout your payment and you have to stop any further communication withany other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving yourpayment.

Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment:
Receiver name==========Country===============City===================Tel-===================Test question===========Answer================Your ID CARD===========Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to MrJames Ubah he will start sending your payment by western union
Regards,Barrister Scott Nwaeke

Anti-fraud resources: