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: David Williams <"WWWW.">
Reply-To: David Williams <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 01:34:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings and Compliment

Greetings and Compliment

I am Rev Fr. DAVID WILLIAMS, the Char person in charge of Treasury Department,
International wire transfers of Benin Republic, Federal Ministry of Finance.
this is to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk because the
director & management of the WESTERN UNION & MONEY GRAM transfer have declared
to transfer your fund to the government treasury account just because you can
not pay the transfer fee. In reasoning wisely to this complain I told them to
wait until I hear from you so that I will know the reason you decide to reject
such amount of money $2.4Million USD which is your rightful & legal overdue
inheritance payment just because of transfer fee.

The reason I sent this email to you is because its your sweat and for this
reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if you can send $150
USD today for the transfer fee,I have already arranged your fund ready for its
daily wires to you but failing to do this, I will allow them to have power
your fund and am very sorry if you failed as this is the last chance.

Therefore, send the $150 USD immediately you receive this email today and email
your full name and address to me if you want your USD$2.4Million be send to
by western union OR Money gram transfer but the maximum amount officially
for it per day wire to you is USD$5000.00 per day until you receive your
complete USD$2.4Million from here. The second option is for you to send me the
full detail of your bank account if you want your fund be fully transfer by
direct bank to bank wire transfer to your account at once. After you have sent
the $1500 USD usd and email me the mtcn numbers, you are to indicate your wish to
receive your funds as I have stated above and the funds will be released to
without any hitch.

Here is the western union or money gram information in the name of my
accountant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that I have done
my best for you and I will make sure that your fund will begin to be released
to you from the moment you sent this $150 usd

Send the $150 USD usd now and send me email with the western union mtcn or money
gram reference numbers when you send the money

Receivers Name:. . JERRY ITEKE
Pay-Out Country:. . Benin-Republic
Test Question:. IN GOD
Answer:. WE TRUST
Amount to send: . .$150 USD

Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and address of
sender to me for easy collection and once again remember to reply through this
my official email address TAKE NOTE: REPLY ONLY
cell phone:+229-99745002

Treasury Department, International
Wire Transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic

Anti-fraud resources: