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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: "Mr.JOHN EDWARD" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.JOHN EDWARD" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:49:01 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day

Good day

Hello my dear, how are you today hope you are fine? I write to inform
you that we have already sent you $3000.00.

United State Dollars through Western union as we have been given the
mandate to transfer your full compensation

payment total sum of $4.800.000.00 (four Million eight Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) via western union by

our Government, I was trying to send you an E-mail since yesterday
with the Western Union payment Details but the

message keep returning back I don't really know why, therefore I try
to re-send the e-mail to you again today with

all the Western Union payment information for you to pick up the money
from any location Western Union around you.
Note well: that the money was on hold until you pay for the
reactivation fee of your account which will cost you

only $99.00

Here is the Western Union information
MTCN: ___________#992 950 6889
Sender's Name: ____fallon poatton
Text Question:______trust
Amount: __________$3000.00.

Please copy all this information and track it by yourself and
confirmed that the money is available for pick up by

the receiver, but you will pay for the reactivation of your account
before the money will be release to you.And

call or email me {} once you picked up this
$3000.00. United State Dollars to enable me send

you another information to you today, I am waiting for your call once
you pick up this $3000.00. Please E-mail me

your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we
send any payment for the information. Note we

really need your current direct phone so that once we make any payment
we shall call you for the MTCN. Yours in

Service Mr.JOHN EDWARD Western Union Department Benin Republic. YOUR


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