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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 Money Transfer <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:50:40 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attention: E-mail Address Owner

Welcome to Western Union®
Send Money Worldwide
Tel/ +229-6856-0538
Attention: E-mail
Address Owner

2001 - 2012 SCAM VICTIM'S

Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims and your email
was found in the scam victim's list. This compensation fund issue was
concluded on Monday, 7th January 2013 and was signed today by the
Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This Western Union® office has been
mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via Western Union®
Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own
payment through Western Union® Money Transfer, $5,000 twice daily until the
total sum of $1,000,000.00 USD is completely transferred to you. We can not be able
to send the payment with your email address alone, thereby we need your
information as to where we will be sending the funds, such as;

name:.......(Your full name)Address:....Country:.......Direct Phone number:.....
Contact the director at (
) with your above listed information.

Note that your payment
files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if we did not hear from you,
this was the instruction given to us by the IMF. We will start the transfer as
soon as we received your information. For urgent inquiry, call +229-6856-0538.

Director Western
Union® Money Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic.
Tel; +229-6856-0538

This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail
Address only and contains privileged and confidential information.. If you
received this email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us
immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party is
highly prohibited. Thanks for your understanding.

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