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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: "mrsfelicia kabinda" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 14:29:09 +0200
Subject: Take us like your family.


Contact My Son:
09 27 736 436161

The Director/Chief Executives,

Don't be annoy to hear from my family for a help, I only contact you for
help in this condition we are please, With due respect, trust and humility,
I write you this proposal, which I believe, would be of great interest to
you. I found your contact while I was doing a private research for a
reliable and capable foreign partner that will assist me and my family.

I am MRS.FELICIA KABINDA the wife of MR.KENNETH KABINDA (late) of Zimbabwe.
During the current war against farmers in Zimbabwe and from the support of
our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our
country, all the white farmers were ordered to surrender their farms to his
party members and his followers. My husband who was one of the best farmers
in our country and treasury of the farmer’s co-operation did not support his
idea and so the party members invaded my husband’s farms and burnt
everything in the farm, killed my husband and made away with a lot of items
in my husband’s farm.

After the death of my husband, my children and I decided to move out of
Zimbabwe because of our lives were in danger with the money that my husband
kept in his hidden safe in my house. The amount contained in the safe in my
house is US$9.5m(Nine million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) and we
decided to code the money and move to the Republic of South Africa where we
deposited the money in a Security Company as a valuable item.So I decided to
make contact with an overseas firm whom will assist me to move this money
out of South Africa, because we are asylum seekers here in South Africa.

So if you consider this proposal, we have agreed to give you(percentage if
we agree to help the family) of the total sum for helping us to move this
money out of south Africa and 5% will be mapped out for expenses both of us
may incur during this transaction, and my family to invest in your country.
All I want is for you to furnish me your details and your personal phone
and fax numbers and your email address for easy communication and more
information. contact my son VINCENT KABINDA (Mr.) on the above telephone ,
number or e-mail address: . NOTE: that this transaction is absolutely

Thanks and God bless you.

Best Regard


(For The Family)

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