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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: "MRS ROSE MOSES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:49:02 -0800
Subject: Complement of the Season To you and your Family

Contact Person: MR PETER ERIC
Tell phone Number: +229 98469993

Send Money Worldwide

Complement of the Season To you

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5,000.00USD through Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment of $900.000.00USD via Western Union Money Transfer by the United Nations and ECOWAS. COMMISSION. $900.000.00 USD cash ,

We found your email among the United Nation lottery winner as a winner.

This is because United Nations and ECOWAS And UNITED NATION are supporting individuals due to the worldwide economy meltdown. and our head office and we are offering a special Season bonus to all those among to be able to pick there fund, you have to send $49 for the activation of your fund transfer paper permit, the Normal cost of the activation is $149 but we offer special season bonus that is why it lowdown to $49 ok,
I would have requested for your phone number to give you the information through phone but internet hackers were many.

So i decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up this $5,000.00USD to enable us send another $5,000.00USD by tomorrow as you know that we will be sending you only $5,00000USD per day.

The fund was send in the name which you use in opening your e-mail address. Please pick up this information and rush to any western union to pick up the $5,000.00USD but Remember that before going to pick the money you must first sent the $49 for the activation of your international paper permit activation, if you go to pick the money and you did not send the $49 the western union in your country will no release the $5000 to you why becuase your paper permit is not been activation, so we shall no posted the payment until you have sent the $49,

Remember the faster you do the faster we release the payment of $5000 to you today so that tomorrow you shall pick the next $5000 too OK,

Please,contact :MR PETER ERIC ( Foreign Operation Director ) with the $49 with this information below also is their Email ; ( )

Go to any Western Union or Money Gram and send the $49 with this Information below,

Receiver name;;;;;;; Obalimu Edwin
Country;;;;;;;;;; Cotonou Benin Republic
Adress City;;;;;;;;;;143 Laminawa cotonou

Amount to sent $49

Do not forget to furnish him with the below data for further transfer of the fund to you to avoid any mistake and before He give you the mtcn to pick your first $5000 you must first sent the $49 for the activation of your international paper permit,
Remember there is no time to delay because we shall soon enter Season Holidays,

1. Your full Names: ..........
2. Your current cell phone Number:.....
3. Your City: ...............
4. Your: Country:...............
5. Your Current Age.............
6. Your Occupation:..........

I am waiting for your email once you pick up the $5,000.00USD,


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