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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:

From: "JUDE NCUBE" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:09:46 -0700

Late Mr. Mark Koyo* *Ncube

From: Jude Koyo Ncube
Johannesburg- South Africa .
cell: +27 5898233

Dear Sir/Madam,


My name is JUDE KOYO NCUBE(Jnr) the elder son of PRINCE MARK KOYO NCUBE, of
the republic of Zimbabwe I'm aware that this unexpected letter will come to
you as a surprise I Apologies for any inconvenience, but please do bear with
me for I am Only seeking for your help. I got your email address from
network Directory. I apologize if I have infringed on your privacy.

During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe ,supported by
President, Robert Mugabe in his effort to expel the white farmers of the
country. He has ordered the white farmers to give their farms to his members
of the party and his followers.

My father was one of the most successful farmers in our country, and had
been the Minister of Finance in Robert Mugabe's administration, but he did
not like the idea of dispossessing the white farmers of their land. For
this,his farm was invaded and was burned by the supporters of the
government. In the course of the assault, my father was killed, and the
invaders made away with many articles of the farm of my father. Our family
house was totally destroyed.

Before the death of my father, he called me to the attention of the sum of
US$18.2 Million United States Dollars, which he had deposited with a
Security Company here in South Africa , during his tenure as minister of
finance. I decided to get in touch with you, so that you will help me in the
transfer of this money from South Africa to your Country. This has become
necessary after I have been denied any right to own Bank account or any
other form of financial transaction here, for I am a political asylum seeker
here in South Africa .

We (my sister and I) proposed that you should receive 20% of the entire
amount for your help in the transfer of the fund, then 75% of this money
shall go to us (my sister and I), 5% remaining will be used to cover any
cost or expenses incurred by the both parties in the process of this

Would you immediately confirm your interest in this transaction through
my email and please use this email to contact me,or call me on: +27
5898233, then I will give you more details on how we shall conclude this

Incase you may have no interest in this transaction; I kindly request your
utmost confidentiality and secrecy in this matter for security reasons.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Best regards,


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