fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days

About Us

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.



Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Robert Nkomo" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2024 11:44:14 -0800
Subject: Please accept our apology

Dear Friend

I trust this message finds you to well, We are here with our mother meanwhile we got your name in our search for a foreign partner who will help us as we and our mother status as refugee cannot allow us to transfer our money. Please accept our apology if this e-mail is embarrassing as you don't know us. My mother and I we are in need of urgent assistance.

My name is Mr. Robert Nkomo from Zimbabwe. My Father a Zimbabwean (FARMER) past on here in South Africa due to Lungs complications but before my father death he entrusted the sum of USD30, 000,000.00(Thirty Million United State Dollars) to my mother care.

The money is safely kept in a security and finance company pending the establishment of a reliable person to legitimize the money for investment purpose in your country. I am currently in South Africa with my mother and little sister, but seeking for a reliable person to assist me invests this money oversea.

For now, I will not put out much information until we establish trusted relationships

THIS IS A PRIVATE TRANSACTION, and as such I will like you to keep it confidential between us.

Warm Regards

Mr. Robert Nkomo

Telephone number: +27 781965704

Anti-fraud resources: