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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:

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:11:09 +0000

From Mrs. Susan Shabangu
Deputy Minister of safety & security,
South Africa .
Phone : +27-73-154-8823
 Dear Sir/Madam
First, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Susan Shabangu, a mother of three children and the deputy minister of safety and security since 29th April 1996 to date under the auspices of the president of South Africa Mr. Thabo Mbeki. After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary, Since I am looking for an experienced business person/company that can profitably assist me to invest the tune of Millions of US Dollars outside South Africa, the sum of 25.5 million will be paid from any bank to your account.  
Visit my website:
Then click on deputy minister, and click on safety and security finally, click on my name Susan Shabangu and read about me. The proposal, after the swearing in ceremony making me the deputy minister of safety and security, my husband Mr. Ndelebe Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account which amounted to the sum of us$25.5m with a security and finance institution in South Africa of which I will divulge information to you when I get your full consent and support to go for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into you a comfortable and conducive account of your choice.
This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and this will definitely affect my political career in government.
Most importantly, you will be required to:
[1]. Act as the original beneficiary of the funds.
[2]. Receive the funds into a business/private bank account.
[3]. Invest/Manage the funds outside of South Africa.
Kindly note that I am willing to pay 10% for your role as the beneficiary partner to the funds. Also, a subsequent 10% "Management Commission will be paid for your advised investment services. Due to my sensitive position in the South African government, Please do not call on the office line  
If you prefer to be re-contacted for more express information, please send me your: 
[1] Full Names:
[2] Contact address:
[3] Direct Telephone No:  
I expect your correspondence and my response will be swift. Please write or call back promptly via this confidential email address/Phone number, and I shall furnish you with more information. Please do not contact me if you discard this proposal for my safety purposes,
Mrs. Susan Shabangu

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