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: "Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian." <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 10:01:31 +0100
Subject: United Nations

United Nations
High Compensation Union.
for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.

Dear Beneficiary;

I am instructed to inform you that United nation compensation unit
deposited the sum of $1,750,000 US dollars in your name in this office,
according to the report from United nation compensation unit representative
after thorough review of all unclaimed funds, contract; inheritance or
lottery funds; your payment file No (FS753NQ) has finally been forwarded to
us for review and immediate payment of your long delayed fund. this
information is from United Nations Compensation Commission Unit in
collaboration with the British high commission Atlanta Georgia USA.

The Audit reports shows that you have been going through hard time by
paying a lot of money to dubious officials for the release of your funds.
We therefore advice that you should stop further communication with any
correspondence outside this office because you do not have to pay to them
in order to receive your funds.

The $1,750,000.00 will be credited to your bank account within 3 working
days as soon as your account is reconfirmed and transfer copies forwarded
to you and your bankers for confirmation. For the immediate payment of your
US$1,750,000.00; Kindly contact today by email And direct phone number; our
Payment Coordinator chartered bank plc Atlanta Georgia USA.
Officer In Charge, Mr.charles Jensen,
Direct phone number: +1-404-850-9004

The Director of compensation payment chartered bank plc Atlanta Georgia via
e-mail with your Reference Number: 'UNC/45R/MG8IND, sent along with your
Contact details:

Please provide the following information.

Full Name: ______

Yours faithfully;
Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian.
UN Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations 1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland.

Anti-fraud resources: