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: "Mr. Douglass Sadiku." <>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:13:30 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Contact The Western Union Agent Mr. Frank Hark, now???

Attn Dear Beneficiary,
This is to notify all our customers about the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody, which yours is inclusive Besides, you were given a bill of $480.00 in order to receive your payment which we didn’t hear from you for sometime now. Hence, our Western Union is now offering a Special BONUS worth of $1.9million usd to help all our customers that are having their payment in our custody due to of prices.
In order words we are now requesting that those involve should pay only the sum of $85.00 to receive all their payment abandoned funds in our custody. Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you and has to comply and your funds shall be transfer to your designated address. But remember that after (2DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Government Funds.
Reason why we are requesting you to pay this fee $85.00 is for registration of your payment file by Federal Minister of Finance Benin. So be advise to send the $85.00 immediately so that we will register your payment file, and for you to start receiving your payment of $5000.00 usd as soon as we confirm the registration fee.
Be inform that there is no time again for we to call you on phone. After the payment of $85.00 you will start receiving your money every day $5000.00 usd through our Western Union money transfer world wide until the full payment of ($1.9million usd) is completed. Your information is highly needed to us.
Fill your receiver details as beolw.
Receiver name_______
Test question________
Contact the Director with this information’s below:
Director Mr. Frank Hark.
Send the $85.00 through Western Union Money Transfer with this information below:
RECEIVER NAME: Mr. Obadi E Marcel.
COUNTRY.........Benin Republic
Zipe Code............+229
Text Question.......Urgent
Senders Name............
The moment we receive the registration fee of $85.00 we will start releasing the payment information’s of $5000.00 usd to you until it completed the $1.9million usd.
Mr. Douglass Sadiku.
>From Western Union money transfer department.

Anti-fraud resources: