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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: grace madube <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:25:34 -0800 (PST)

Dear sir
I do understand the concern this letter will bring to you for the fact that it comes from someone strange to you.But be rest assured for it come with good intentions. How ever, as I was going on research,looking for responsible and trustworthy someone who can help and assist me in this business/transfering some fund out from South Africa into his
personal or company account overseas.

I am MRS GRACE MADUBE the wife of late MR SIPHO MADUBE from Zimbabwe. My husband was among the rich black farmers murdered in cold blood in Zimbabwe by war vetrans of President ROBERT MUGABE. However,the number of farmers killed in Zimbabwe over the new land act introduced by president do not give any concern. My main aim of
contacting you is to assist me in transfering the sum of ($20.000,000:00 us dollars) Twenty million dollars .Into your nominated oversea account,this money was giving to
my husband by president Mugabe when they were still in good terms for investement purposes. My husband deposited this money in a security company in johannesburg here in South Africa as if forsaw the looming blow of his death.My late husband deposited the said funds as family treasure in order to aviod seizure since South Africa,have almost the same land laws with Zimbabwe presently. I am residing in South
Africa with my daugther and my son asylum seekers in South Africa,base on our present status we are deprived of some financial rights of banking activities. Moreover,this money is the only thing my late husband left for us as such the entire life of my family depends on this money coupled with the responsibilities rested on me,I will
be willing to go into partnership on any lucrative business you will suggest in your country.

The sharing pattern is negotaible between me and you.I will like you to contact me via E-mail in case my proposals arouses your interest or if not,please do keep it confidential. I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Best regards,
Mrs grace madube

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