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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: "rita komojo" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 12:07:15 +0000

From: Mrs. Rita Komojo
Tel: +27-735-591-955

With due respect trust and humility, I write to you irrespective of the fact
you do not know me ,but please do consider this letter as a request from a
window and family in dire need of assistance. I am Mrs. Rita Komojo, the
widow of late.
The renowned Zimbabwe wine and cattle ranch farmer and owner of Ross man
Farms in Zimbabwe.
I got your contact courtesy of a business journal from the South Africa
Information exchange in my earnest search for a reliable and trustworthy
individual or company that can assist my family in this business.
During the war waged against the farmers in Zimbabwe by the supporters and
cohorts of President Robert Mugabe, to claim all the white/blacks owned
farmer in our country, My late husband belong to one of the classis of the
farmer targeted by the ZANU_PF armed group, because he did not support the
ideas and policies. In the cause of the revolution in the country, the
ZANU_PF armed group attacked and invaded my husband farms, burning,
destroying and eventual killing my husband and after my husband death last
I managed escaped the boundaries of Zimbabwe in to the neighboring South
Africa with my two sons because our lives were threatened and Zimbabwe was
no longer safe for us. We escaped safely into South Africa with my husband
lifetime future of US$20Million (Twenty Million United State Dollars) cash,
important documents of property little and other valuables which we
concealed and secured in two treasure boxes and transported to Johannesburg
South Africa through diplomatic means.
The consignment box treasure safely lodged and secured into the vaults of a
reputable security and brokerage firm here in Johannesburg South Africa. In
recognition of your personal executive power and investment opportunities
that abound in your country, I solicit for your assistance in moving my
family’s money into your bank account for safekeeping pending our future
arrival for investment.
The family has resolved to compensate you adequately by offering a brokerage
commission of 20% of the money. I have in mind to establish good business
and friendly relationship with your into through my son by telephone or
email addresses. Contact me through Mr. Vincent komojo
Tel: +27-735-591-955. If you are unable to assist please be kind to notify
me so that we can look suitable alternative. Please accept my warm
complements, as earnestly wait your

Rita Komojo

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