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: "Mrs. Fatu Jallow" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Fatu Jallow" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:35:03 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Central Bank of the Benin (CBB)

Central Bank of the Benin (CBB)
Office Location: 1-2 Ecowas Avenue

Dear Client,

West Africa Monetary Agency re-called your ($5 Million) five Million
U.S dollars from Credit Suisse Zurich, Switzerland due to lark of fund
documentation. Now that the fund have been documented, the central bank
governor have agreed with West Africa Monetary Agency WAMA`s director of
operation to release your $5 Million US Dollars.

The Central
bank have to issue you a check, but the check have to be cleared in one
local bank here in Benin. And since you are not here in the Benin you
are required to open a non resident bank account here in Benin under
(Guaranteed Trust bank) and make sure the account is activated. Soon as
the bank account is opened on your name, activate the account and send
your account detail to Central bank for your check to be issued and sent
to the GTbank. Ones the check is cleared, your amount will be credited
into your bank account which will enable you make withdrawals from your

The Central bank and WAMA have appointed barrister
Jimmy Anderson to assist you so contact him at: therefore contact him immediately or call
him: +229 99791580

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Fatu Jallow.
Public relation officer.
Central Bank of the Benin

Anti-fraud resources: