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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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Fraud email example:

From: kelvindean@zipmail.com.br
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 18:45:58 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?GOOD=20DAY=20FREIND?=

FROM:DR.KELVIN DEAN
H.O.D. ACCOUNTS,
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT,
VICTORIA ISLAND. LAGOS - NIGERIA.
Email: kelvindean2005@zipmail.com.br

REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

FIRST I MUST SOLICIT FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS
TRANSACTION. THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF IT BEING VERY
CONFIDENTIAL . I AM DR.KELVIN DEAN,AN ACCOUNTANT (FOREIGN
PAYMENT DEPT) WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT LAGOS-
NIGERIA. I CAME TO KNOW YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A REPUTABLE
PERSON TO HANDLE THIS CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION WHICH
INVOLVES THE HUGE TRANSFER OF MONEY TO A FOREIGN BANK
ACCOUNT.WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SOME SENIOR OFFICALS OF
THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND MINISTRY OF FINANCE, WE WANT TO TRANSFER
THE SUM OF
TWENTY-TWO MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS OUT OF MY COUNTRY,
NIGERIA.THE TWENTY-TWO MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS IS AN
ACCUMULATION OF OVER-INVOICED CONTRACTS WHICH HAS ALREADY
BEEN EXECUTED AND COMMISSIONED.THIS AMOUNT STILL LIES IN
THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT SUSPENCE ACCOUNT WITH
THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).AS CIVIL SERVANTS WE CAN
NOT OPERATE A FOREIGN ACCOUNT BECAUSE THE CODE OF CONDUCT
ACT IN NIGERIA MAKES IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICER
TO OPERATE FOREIGN ACCOUNT. IT IS AS A RESULT OF THIS THAT
WE SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE TO MAKE USE OF YOUR
PRIVATE/COMPANY'SACCOUNT TO TRANSFER THE SAID SUM. PLEASE
NOTE THAT ALL MODALITIES HAS BEEN WORKED OUT FOR A SMOOTH
AND HITCH-FREE TRANSFER OF THE US$ 22.7 MILLION INTO YOUR
ACCOUNT WITHIN TEN WORKING DAYS OF GETTING YOUR POSITIVE
RESPONSE AND CONSENT.YOU WOULD BE ENTITLED TO 20% OF THE
$22,700,000:00 FOR PROVIDING US AN ACCOUNT, 75% WOULD COME
TO US IN NIGERIA, AND THE REMAINING 5% WOULD BE USED TO
OFFSET ALL LOCAL/FOREIGN EXPENDITURES ON THE FOLLOWING
GROUNDS. (A) THAT WE ARE SATISFIED ON ALL GROUNDS THAT OUR
SHARE OF THE FUND WOULD BE GIVEN TO US AFTER TRANSFERENCE.
(B) THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS TREATED WITH UTMOST
CONFIDENCE,SECRECY AND ABSOLUTE SINCERITY, WHICH IT
DEMANDS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSAL, YOU CAN
CONTACT ME THROUGH MY EMAIL A DDRESSES
kelvindean2005@zipmail.com.br
TO ENABLE US DISCUSS FURTHER DETAILS
ON THE TRANSACTION. YOU ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A
SECURED TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS
TRANSACTION.
EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
DR. KELVIN DEAN




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