fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Fraud email example:

From: Victor Zuma Themba <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 23:17:18 +0200




I would like to begin by way of introduction.
My name is Mr. Victor Zuma Themba, a native
of Cape town-South Africa and a senior employee
of the South Africa Ministry of Energy and
Mineral Resources currently here in Europe
for Six Months leave.

I am writing this letter to solicit your
co-operation in order to redeem an investment
interest currently being held under trust with
the South Africa Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources. The said investment now valued at
US$20.5Million (Twenty Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollar) was consolidated
Mining corporation in 1975 for 25 years.
Since the maturity of this contract in August
1999, several attempts have been made without
success to contact Mr. Richard Moore or any
of his close relatives, in whose favor the
investment cash value could be paid to.
My partner who is the Account director at
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
and two other collegues,have initiated the
process of filing a claim for this money,
with the hope of having these funds
transferred into a safe offshore account.

We could file a claim for this money with
the Ministry claiming that you were
appointed by Mr. RICHARD MOORE to be the
beneficiary to these funds. As soon as the
claim is approved, the stated sum of
US$20.5M will be transferred into an account
of your choice, after which my colleagues
and I shall travel to meet with you for the
disbursement of the fund. Since the money
will be in your custody, you have the
responsibility to ensure that my colleagues
and I receive 60% of the total sum while
you keep the remaining 30% for your
assistance and 10% for expenses.

Please we urge that this affair be very
confidential because we are still in active
government service. I want to assure you
that my partner are in position to make
the payment of this claim possible,
provided you agree to meet with us and give
us the guarantee that our share will be well
secure in your care. Be rest assured that
there is absolutely nothing to worry about
in view of this claim? It is perfectly safe
with no risk involved, and it is not subject
to any enquiry as my partner will be handling
the claims directly on behalf in South Africa.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this
letter by writing me with this private or

I look forward to your prompt response. Please
call on this number 0031- 629 338 244 for a
voice to voice conversation because i do have
assort period of time to stay for my training
/leave program.

Yours truly,

Victor Zuma Themba

Anti-fraud resources: