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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: mrs jennifer <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:43:27 +0000

I am the wife of Late Mr. Daniel Ebutula a Farmer from Zimbabwe. I got your address from South African Information Exchange in Johannesburg. During the current war against the Farmers in Zimbabwe from the Supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his Party members and his followers, He ordered all the white-owned Farmers to surrender all their Farm Lands to his Party members and his followers.
My husband was one of the best Farmers in our Country and also in partnership with white Farmers.
HE did not Support the Idea of our President against the white Farmers, supporters of President Mugabe invaded my husband's Farm and burnt everything in the Farm Lands, killing my husband and Made away with a Lot of items in our Farm Lands. After the death of my husband, my son and his family decided to move out from Zimbabwe but I am still in our Country due to my health Situation thou my life is in danger,

I strongly believe God to be with me and my family and to Safe money my husband kept in my care for our future Investment overseas. The amount is US$ 29.Million(TWENTYNINEMILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)and my son decided to move to the Republic of South Africa with his family where He deposited the money in a Security Company As valuables. So, WE decided to contact overseas Firm that will assist US move this money out of South Africa. We have agreed to give you from the total sum 30% for helping US to move this money to your Country and 5%:will be mapped out for expenses both of US might incurred during this transaction while the Balance remaining 65% will be for my family to investment.

Kindly furnish me with all your banking Details and your Personal phone and fax numbers for Easy communication. You can contact my son Mr.Eward Ebutula ON the below Telephone numbers for further Information. Note that this transaction is 100% risk-free and it requires mutual Trust and absolute confidentiality and my son have taken care of all formalities regarding this transaction. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated in this regard. Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,
MRS. Jennifer Ebutula.

NB. contact my Son Edward Ebutula through this E-Mail address ( ).Or through his Cell Number : +27734907790.

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