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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: "MR.GEORGE WILSON" <gr_wilson2003@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: gr_wilson2003@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 19:36:48 +0100
Subject: PARTINERSHIP


DEAR FRIEND,

COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY TO YOU. I HOPE YOU ARE IN GOOD HEALTH AND I PRAY THAT THIS MAIL WILL MEET YOU IN A SOUND STATE OF MIND. IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO EMBARRASS YOU WITH THIS MAIL SINCE WE HAVE NEITHER KNOWN NOR MET EACH OTHER BEFORE IN PERSON. IT IS OUT OF A GREAT NEED FOR AN HONEST AND TRUST-WORTHY FOREIGN PARTNER WHO CAN GO INTO BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WITH ME THAT PROMPTED ME TO CONTACT YOU.

MY NAME IS MR.GEORGE .M.WILSON A LIBERIAN GOLD AND DIAMOND MERCHANT AND A DISTANT RELATION OF THE FORMER LIBERIAN PRESIDENT MR.CHARLES TAYLOR WHO IS NOW LIVING IN EXILE IN NIGERIA. I BENEFITTED HUGELY FROM MR.CHARLES TAYLOR, DURING HIS YEARS IN OFFICE FROM THE OPPORTUNITY HE GAVE ME TO HANDLE ALL HIS PERSONAL DIAMOND BUSINESSES.

I DEPOSITED SOME QUANTITY OF GOLD AND DIAMONDS IN A SECURITY AND TRUST COMPANY IN EUROPE WORTH $7.5 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS AT FACE VALUE WHICH I WANT TO SALE AND INVEST THE PROCEEDS IN GOOD AND MOST PROFITABLE BUSINESS VENTURES. FOLLOWING THE EXIT OF MR. CHARLES TAYLOR FROM THE SEAT OF POWER AND HIS INDICTMENT FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY BY THE UNITED NATIONS TRIBUNAL FOR WAR CRIMES IN SIERRA-LEONE,I WAS TOLD BY A CLOSE CONFIDANT THAT MY NAME WAS MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO AIDED MR.CHARLES TAYLOR HENCE I CANNOT TRAVEL ABROAD AT THIS PRESENT MOMENT FOR SECURITY REASONS, I AM PRESENTLY IN DAKAR,SENEGAL BUT IN HIDING.

THIS TRANSACTION REQUIRES THAT YOU WILL BE READY TO TAKE A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY IN EUROPE WHERE THE DIAMONDS IS DEPOSITED AND TAKE DELIVERY OF THE DEPOSITED ITEM ON MY BEHALF. YOU SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT I WILL SEND MY COUSIN TO MEET YOU OVER THERE AND BOTH OF YOU WILL HANDLE ALL MATTERS CONCERNING THE TRANSACTION ON MY BEHALF.

I AM NOT REALLY IN A HURRY. WHAT I WANT IS SOMEBODY WHO IS STRAIGHT FORWARD,SINCERE,RELIABLE PERSON AND SOMEONE WHO IS READY FOR BUSINESS. AND WHO HAS ACCQUIRED VAST EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS SO THAT THE MONEY WILL BE WELL INVESTED AND WHAT BELONGS TO ME REMAINS MINE. I WILL LIKE YOU TO INDICATE YOUR WILLINGNESS BY RESPONDING TO THIS MAIL.

AS SOON AS YOU RESPONDS TO THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL I WILL PROCEED TO FORWARD MY TELEPHONE NUMBER AND CONTACT ADDRESS TO YOU AND ALSO GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS ON THE TRANSACTION.
NOTE: YOU CAN CONTACT ME THROUGH MY ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ACCOUNT AT ( gr_wilson@yahoo.co.uk <mailto:gr_wilson@yahoo.co.uk>)
BEST REGARDS,
MR.GEORGE WILSON


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