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: AU <>
Reply-To: AU <>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:49:52 +0000 (UTC)

 Ministry of finance
lot 1176 boikom, gbegameh
Benin republic.

                                TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN


This is to inform you that your onhold inheritance,compensation,investment and contract fund from the ECOWAS region has been investigated by the OAU/UN (Organization of African Unity and the united nations) external auditors commission.

They have mandated this office of the ministry of finance Benin republic to immediately notify you of reasons why your fund is onhold and cannot be released to you after so many years and as well expenses to various government and non governmental offices, including impostors of same agencies above and this mail is been sent to you in your best interest.


1) No frican country uses Dollar,Pound or Euro as its main currency which means the transfer of funds in the mentioned currency must have due papers which are obtainable not in the African states but your country of residence.

2) Formal documents required are not obtainable by non residents of the Economic community of west African states and we are aware that you have obtained such documents and you are yet to receive your fund.

3) There is no truth in your claims as the above mentioned offices have investigated your file and found out you have not done anything in this region to warrant such payment and all you are doing is in vain and you are been scammed without the knowledge of the financial authorities.

4) Due to the funds time and funds lost by you the OAU/UN have decided to compensate you with $800,000.00usd (Eight hundred thousand United states dollars) which was agreed to by the representatives of each of the ECOWAS community chairman and the UN in general.

To file in for your payment we will have to make you understand that due to the different currencies of the African states the states have agreed in principle that the Benin republic Inland revenue service will represent the whole state of the OAU.

The commission have decided there will be no payment through direct bank transfers or through Draft cheque but through western union money transfer as all arrangement has been made with the western union head office of the African states in Benin republic, in this regard you are to contact the western union appointed office director with the details below, the phone number email account was opened for the officer by commission is this regard and will be monitored for payments to you.

It has been agreed in special with western union head office Canada that $5000.00usd will be paid out to you twice daily for the next 80 working days.

This is the email and contact information of the officer in-charge:

Name of Officer: Mr. Obum Nku
Phone: +22967871855

Tax for development,

Engineer Kekenni Oluwais
Chief file inspection officer
Ministry of finance
Benin republic

This e-mail is intended for the exclusive use of the recipient(s). This
e-mail and its attachments, if any, contain confidential information
and/or information protected by intellectual property rights or others
rights. This e-mail does not constitute any commitment for MFB Benin
except when expressly otherwise agreed in a written agreement between
the intended recipient and IRS Benin.
If you receive this message by mistake, please, notify the sender with
the "reply" option and delete immediately this e-mail from your system,
and destroy all copies of it. You may not, directly or indirectly, use
this e-mail or any part of it if you are not the intended recipient.
Messages and attachments are scanned for all viruses known. If this
message contains password-protected attachments, the files have NOT been
scanned for viruses by the MFB mail domain. Always scan attachments
before opening them.

Anti-fraud resources: