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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: peter mbano <>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 08:37:09 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Friend

With sincere heart and genuine intention I am writing you this message which I believe will be of mutual benefit the future of your family and my family in life to come. We have not met. I got your contact from a directory in search for a reliable personality that could understand our situation to help us in receiving this funds and standing as our beneficiary.

I am peter Wanaga Mbano a Zimbabwe citizen. Presently, I am residing in the refugee camp here in GHANA. Due to crisis in my country coupled with the assassination of my late father who was killed by PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE war veteran association who are calling for the white collection of farmland from all white settlers which is wrong and illegal.

My father due to his stand over these issues fell out with the ruling party of PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE.Now my mother and my kid sister and I had to flee from our country to find refuge here in GHANA. Before the death of my father he was a major dealer of Diamond and Merchandise. He secretly moved these funds acquired from various sales in a trunk-box and deposited it in a security company here in Ghana. But at the time my late father deposited this funds he told the security company that it is family valuables that are contained in the box. The total amount contained in the box is $15 .7M US. Which is only disclosing to you alone and I want you to keep it highly confidential.

We have all documents with us here in the camp.
We need a trust worthy and experience person that will help us to receive this funds and invest this money in profitable business and take us as one family and will also buy a house for us over there in your country where we can live safely. We are ready to part 25% for your assistance and concern for my family and me and 5% we be set-aside for any Necessary that we come up in process of receiving these funds in your account.

Please I want your help that is why I write you this mail and I want you to understand that me and my mother and my kid little sister really need your help and please sir I want you to find a place in your heart to help us out of this problem.

Please if you are ready and able to help us out please I want you to send me your direct phone number so that I can get to you by phone.

I wait your response.

Thanks and God Bless you for your concern.

Best Regards,

(For the family)

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