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: Western Union{Boni} <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:17:00 -0300
Subject: End of the Year Special BONUS Payment.

End of the Year Special BONUS Payment.
You are Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide Telephone

Attention Customer

The Western Union money transfer heard office are very sorry for what
happen to you throughout this Year all the promising and fail from Fake
Western Union in this country This is to notify all our customer's about
the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our
custody, which yours are inclusive Beside, your where given a bill of
High payments, in order to receive your payment of which we didn’t hear
from you for some time now.

Hence, our Western Union is now offering a Special BONUS End of the
Year 2013 to help all our customers that are having their payment in our
custody due to of price. In order words we are now requesting that those
involve should pay only the sum of $50. 00 to receive all their payment
abandoned in our custody. Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for
you to comply and your part funds of $850,000.00 shall be transfer to
your designated address.

But remember that after (3DYS) you did not make the payment then we
will divert your funds to Government Account, to avoid problem or we
will cancel the payment for this Month. Again after (3DYS) we will enter
a new project and that is the reason why we decided to help all our
customers for a better Christmas holiday before we enter into the new

So be advise to send the $50.00 immediately so that we will register
your payment and for you to start receive $5,000 twice daily from
tomorrow. Be advice that there is no time again for we to call any
person on phone unless you call me+229-98909616 OR E-MAIL:
( After the payment of $50 usd you will
start receiving your money every day $5,000usd twice through western

Send the money through Western Union Money Transfer with the
information below,

Receiver Name..... Innocent Omeke
Country..... Benin Republic
Text Question..How Long?
Text Answer:....2hours

The moment I receive the payment of $50.00usd I will release the first
payment information’s of $5,000 to you and you will pick up the money
and I will send your second $5,000.00 in the next 2hours.

Mr Boni Philip
Western Union Supervisor

Anti-fraud resources: