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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:

Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 01:24:01 -0800 (PST)





Dear Friend,

let me introducing myself. I am MRS SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of three children
and the Minister of Mining of the Republic of South Africa since May 2009. To
date under the auspices of the new President of South Africa MR
due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance
in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M. (You
can view my profile at my website click
on, Contac t Information, then click on Minister, and click on mining finally,
click on my name Susan
Shabangu and
read about me. Or click on the below link and read about me. THIS PROPOSAL,
After the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Safety & Security
husband Mr. Ndebele Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad
and Tobago in
1996.After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account
which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a security company in South Africa of
which I will divulge information to you when I get your full consent and support
to go for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into you
a comfortable and conducive account of your choice. This fund emanated as a
result of an over-invoiced contract which
he executed with the Government of South Africa .
Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was
over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government of
South Africa might start to
investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date.If they
discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his
assets here in South Africa and this will
definitely affect my political career in, government. I want your assistance in
opening an account with bankers through my banker so that this fund could be
wired into your account directly without any hitch. I am offering you 20% of
the principal sum and 5% will be for any expenses that both of us may Insure in
this transaction. And another 5% will
go for Motherless babes home. However, you have to assure me and also be ready
to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree
to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an emailon ( For
securityreason,contact my Son Mr. Smith Shabangu on his telephone number (+27-788342283) and he will detail
you on how the money can be transferred into your account.Please I do not need
to remind you of the need for absolute
Confidentiality of this transaction.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Susan Shabangu

Minister of Mining 

Republic of
South Africa since
May 2009


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