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: UBA BANK <>
Reply-To: UBA BANK <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:46:40 +0000 (UTC)

International Remittance Department funds Transfer Section
United Bank For Africa Plc. Republique du Benin
Address:rue 7741 unesvia avenue kotoungbe cotonou.
Our Ref: UBA#163/5502

In receipts of your active retort to United Bank for Africa {UBA} regarding the immediate release of your ATM worth GBP5.7 Million, we acknowledged your details therein.

The Federal Government has now Mandated Bank Manager UBA Bank to grant bonus delivery to all the beneficiary to enable them receives their ATM Card within some days and the Bank Manager has now granted the appeal from Government and now given a bonus of $85 for the shipment fee and Insurance fee to enable the shipment of your ATM Master Card commence immediately. If you can't meet up with the bonus fee, then you are disqualified for this opportunity.

Indicated Payment information is our Chief Protocol Officer Accountant Name which you will use to send the fee you choose via Western Union or Money Gram and forward the payment details to us to enable proceed immediately.

Receiver's Name... ZUVOL TISJE
Country... Republique du Benin
City…. Cotonou
Text question…..Very
Text answer...Urgent
Amount…. ?

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch your ATM Master Card to your address and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your home to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any ATM Master Machine nearest to you. Thanks for your understanding and we are waiting for your quick reply with the payment information for the shipment of your ATM Master CARD.

Waiting for your feedback.

Remain Bless for your Co-operating with us into (UBA).

Yours in service,
Mr. Ruben Tampham, Manager ATM Department
United Bank for Africa Republique du Benin
Telephone no: +229-9640-5943.

Anti-fraud resources: