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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: "Latimo Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:52:21 +0100
Subject: My Family Matter/Business Relationship

From:Martins Latimo Family.
Johannesburg Republic
of South Africa.

Dear Sir/Madam,

My names are Mr Martins Latimo, the elder son of Mr. Smith Latimo of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address from,I got it from the South Africa Information Network Online(SAINL)/South Africa Trade Center (SATC).

During the current crises against the farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers. My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did not support the president's political ideology, the president's supporters invaded my father?s farm ,burnt down everything, shot him and as a result of the wounds sustained, he became sick and died after two days.And after his death, My mother and I with my younger Sister decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the safety of our lives to South-Africa.

BUT, before he died HE WROTE HIS WILL ,which reads "(MY BELOVEED SON ,I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF $15.7 MILLION U.S DOLLARS WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH-AFRICA). IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY".you should solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you to transfer this money out of SOUTH-AFRICA for investment purpose.

I deposited the money in your Name "Martins Latimo" and it can be claimed by you alone with the deposit code, your mother has all the documents,Take good care of your mother and Sister." From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family depends on this money as much, I will be very grateful if you can assist us.We are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKERS and the financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA does not allow ASYLUM SEEKERS certain financial rights to such huge amount of money .

In view of this, I cannot invest this money in South-Africa, hence I am asking you to assist us transfer this money out of South-Africa for investment pusposes. For your efforts, I am prepared to offer you 30% of the total fund while and 70% will be kept for my family and I.(ME).

Finally ,modalities on how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you once we establish trust and confidence between ourselves.Looking forward to your urgent reply through my ( or my above telephone

Martins Latimo

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