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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: "Mr. Tambo Dube" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 04:20:49 -0700
Subject: Mr. Tambo Dube

From: Mr. Tambo Dube
Phone: +27 781 480 791


First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. I am a high
placed official working with Department of Finance (& Economic Affairs), in
Cape Town South Africa. I am currently in need of a silent foreign partner
whose identity we can use to transfer the sum of Sixteen Million Five
Hundred U.S. dollars. This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission
from foreign contracts, through our private connections.

The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from one of the local Bank
here in South Africa to any overseas beneficiary confirmed by us as
associate/receiver. By virtue of my positions as civil servants in my
country, I cannot acquire this money in my name. Because as high placed
civil servant, I am not allowed by the civil service code of conduct to own
or operate bank accounts outside of our shores. On the other hand, it is
not safe for me to keep the money here due to unstable political

What I am requesting from you is: (1) to be our silent partner and receive
the funds as the sole benefactor to the contract amount which we shall
secure all legal documentation to authenticate our claim. (2) Provide a
private telephone and fax number for easy communication under your control
.(3)Receive the funds as the beneficiary, take out your commission and keep
the rest of the money until I arrive there to meet you after the transfer
is completed.

My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as
follows: (1) 15% to you as commission for your co-operation and assistance
in facilitating the transfer, while the remaining 85% belongs to me. You
will be free to take out your commission immediately after the money hits
your country. Since my objective is to invest the money in a foreign
country, it would be appreciated if you could also help me with advices and
direction on investing into profitable/lucrative ventures in your country
for an additional 3%.

However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further
assist me with investing the money, I can end our cooperation after you
make available my part of the money.

The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and the money will be
transferred successful with all necessary back-up official documents
showing legitimate source/origin of fund.

The transfer will be affected within a period not longer than two weeks as
soon as we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response
indicating your interest for processing the transfer. I plead with you on
one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose this
information to any one else.

I confirm that the transaction is legitimate and without any risks either
to us or yourself. Please, give me your response immediately by return mail
through my alternate

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Tambo Dube

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