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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:

Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 16:36:54 +0200

Address: 23 mandela avenue pretoria
south africa.


My name is as above stated, the wife of late MR EDWIN KUMALO from the Republic of Zimbabwe.It might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address.I got your contact after serious prayer for God to show me a sincere person that will help me out without disappointing me or to see my condition with an opportuinity to sit on the money when transferd to his account .

During the current War aginst the Farmers in Zimbabwe from the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe, in his effort to chase all the white farmers out of the country, he ordered all the white farmers to surrender there farms to his party members and his followers. My husband was one of the best an successful Tobacco farmers in our country and formerly the Finance Minister of Robert Mugabe administration, but he did not support the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their land.Because of this our farm was invaded and burnt by government supporters in the course of the attack, and our family house was utterly destoyed.

My husband died too out of heart attack and injury he sustain during the attack.Before the death of my husband,he drew my attention to the sum of US$25 Million, which he deposited with a security campany in South Africa with his son's name during his tenure as the Finance Minster of Zimbabwe.I decided to move out of Zimbabwe with my son and daughter for our own security, because our Lives were in danger. Till date the security company is not aware of the content of the consignment as it was deposited as important personal valuables. I decided to have contact with overseas person\firm who will assist me to move the money out of South

This becomes necessary because as political asylum seekers,we are not allowed to own or operate a bank account.If you accept this proposal,you shall receive 25% of the entire amount for assisting us to move this money out,70% of this amount shall be for us,and the remaining 5% shall be mapped out for expenses incurred in the course of this transaction.

I want you to immediately confirm your response,my son MR THAMBA KUMALO will give you more details on how we can proceed as you are going to carry on with him because of health condition as i am confined on the hospital bed,please be honest to him because i don't know how long i will live with this sickness. Thanks for your anticipated coperation.Urgent response waited. N:B,you can contact him on the above telephone and fax numbers.

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