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: Benson Uka <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:14:03 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am Very pleased to be in contact with you, for the possibility of accepting
my Proposal to you. Please note that I don’t have anything to hide for you,
irrespective that I have not seen you in person. My name is MR .BENSON UKA
the scrutiny officer contract award committee offshore department in London.
Due to the increase of corruption going on in the world, we have been
mandated by the finance minister to settle all debt owed by our
foreign contractors.
After all settlement, I have been able to negotiate out for our self
the sum of $6.5 Million Dollars which was packaged in a box and
deposited to a diplomatic home as a family valuable which will be
delivered through a diplomatic means out of the country, Due to the
civil services rule and regulation act of 1999 here which prohibits
civil servants from having a foreign account, I am soliciting for your
assistance to act as the beneficiary to the said consignment deposited
to the diplomatic company, the whole exercise is 100% risk free on
your side as I have set in motion all necessary modalities for the
successful processing of the delivery of the fund abroad.

You are requested to furnish me with your full particulars including
your phone number in order to present you as the bonafide owner of the
The sharing plans will be made known to you as soon as I hear back from you.
You can reach me through my private email address:
Best Regards,

Anti-fraud resources: