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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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Fraud email example:

From: "chris tsako" <>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 12:20:09 +0200

TEL:27-8376-24180 .



You may be surprised to recieve this letter from me, since you don't know me
personally.Thus, I have to introduce myself.I am MR CHRIS TSAKO,the first
son of Late MR.TSAKO farmer and leader movement for democratic change[MDC]
in Zimbabwe until recently, he was murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.

I was furnished with viable information from the International TradeCentre
here in Johannesburg and I decided to write to you. Before the death of my
father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of
USD$15,000,000(FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS),in a Security Company,
as if he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe.

This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the
farms and the establishment of the new farms in Swaziland. This land problem
came when Zimbabwean President MR.ROBERT MUGABE introduced a new Land Act
which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers.
This resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war veterans and
some lunatics in the society.
Infact, alot of people have been killed because of this land reformed Act
for which my father was one of the victims. It is against this background,
that I and my family who are currently staying in South Africa decided to
transfer my father's money to foreign account since the law of South Africa
prohibits a refugee (asylum seeker) to open any bank account or to be
involved in any financial transaction.

As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of
seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred into
without the knowledge of my government who are bent on taking everything we
have got. I am faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of money in
South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future since
both countries have similar political history.

Moreover,the South African Foreign Exchange policy does not allow such
investment as an asylum seeker. As a business man, whom I have entrusted my
future and of my family in his hands,I must let you know that this
transaction is risk free. If you accept to assist me and my family,all I
need you to do for me is to make arrangement and come to Johannesburg, South
Africa. so that you can open a non-resident Dollar account which will aid us
in transferring the money into any account you will nominate overseas.

This money I intend to use for investment. I have two options for
you,firstly you can choose to have a certain percentage of the money for
nominating your account for this transaction. Or you can go into partnership
with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country.
Which ever the option you want,feel free to notify me
as I have also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of expences
incurred in the proccess of this transaction.If you do not prefer a
partnership I am willing to give you 20% of the money while the remaining
75% will be for my investment in your country.

Contact me with the above telephone number while I implore you to maintain
the absolute secrecy required in this transaction. And no matter the level
of transaction we are, you must call me on phone first before sending a
reply.Please, You should keep this transaction secret and confidential.

(For the family)

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