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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: "Mrs.Maria Pfebve" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:06:07 -0400
Subject: From---------Mrs.Maria Pfebve

Dear Intending Partner,
This may appear a bit surprising to you but very beneficial as a matter of urgency, I am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom I can trust to handle some investment or fund movement .I am Mrs. MARIA PFEBVE wife of late MR.PETER PFEBVE, who was murdered by the Zimbabwean veterans and irate black people in early 2000. I am writing from South Africa. I got your address from the internet through the Consultancy directory during my search for a reliable and honest person to transact this business with. I write to solicit for your special assistance to a family shattered by a tyrannical government led by a dictator and his (ZANU-PF) ruling party-president Robert Mugabe. Because of land and farm land crisis in Zimbabwe, the government secretly sponsored the war veterans and some irate party members to dispossess the land being occupied by white farmers. This action has led to the killing of some members of opposition party including my husband (Mr.
Peter Pfebve).But before the death of my husband, he anticipated some dangers and so he deposited the sum of US$15.4M(Fifteen Million Four Hundred  Thousand United States Dollars)in the name of our only son JAMES PFEBVE, with the help of reputable security company in south Africa with the intention of using it to open fertilizer manufacturing company among other companies in our neighboring country(Swaziland) after his university education. On the 29th of June 2002, the war veterans and some supporters of (ZANUF) ruling party trooped into our compound and axed him (my husband) to death. Since then, they have been terrorizing my only son, JAMES PFEBVE, but we managed to escape to a neighboring country, South Africa where given political asylum status (refugee). Our position in South Africa as refugees does not permit us to open an account or run any huge financial business that is why I want this fund to be transferred into your private account so that
you will assist him to invest it in your country. Hence, if you agree to assist us, we will offer you 20% of the money for your assistance, 80% will be for our family investment in your country through your assistance. I need your urgent and confidential response. Please you can contact our financial adviser Mr. Grant Sisulu currently in South Africa with my son JAMES PFEBVE on: for more details
Best regards,
Mrs.Maria Pfebve.
(For  The Family).
Upon your immediate response, I will immediately arrange and send to you all the information that will empower your good self in finalizing the transaction with the security company here in South Africa I will also send to you the agreement that will protect both interest .And also further Information about you is necessary for I can not play on this. Waiting for your prompt and positive response. Please read about
Problems in Zimbabwe from the link below.
Please contact my son James Peter Pfebve currently in South Africa as he is the one in charge of the Money.

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