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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: "Kama Diouf" <kamadiouf@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 12:27:30 +0100
Subject: Your Response



ATN,
MY NAMES ARE KAMA DIOUF, THE ELDEST SON OF CHIEF JOHNNY S. KAMA, FROM
ZIMBABWE. THIS LETTER MIGHT COME AS A SURPRISE TO YOU ABOUT WHERE I GOT
YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS AND HOW I KNEW YOU. I GOT YOUR ADDRESS
FROM THE GHANA CHAMBERS OF TRADE INFORMATION CENTER HERE IN GHANA.
DURING THE CURRENT WAR AGAINST THE FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE FROM THE
SUPPORTERS
OF OUR PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE TO CLAIM ALL THE WHITE-OWNED FARMS FOR
HIS
PARTY MEMBERS AND HIS FOLLOWERS. MY FATHER WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST
FARMERS
IN OUR COUNTRY AND BECAUSE HE STONGLY OPPOSED MUGABE'S IDEAS, MUGABE'S
SUPPORTERS INVADED MY FATHER'S FARM AND BURNT EVERYTHING IN THE FARM,
KILLING MY FATHER AND MADE AWAY WITH A LOT OF ITERMS IN MY FATHER'S
FARM.
BEFORE HIS DEATH, MY FATHER HAD DEPOSITED WITH ONE SECURITY COMPANY IN
GHANA, THE SUM OF US$25 (TWENTY FIVE NILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS).
THIS
WAS MONEY HE PLANNED TO USE IN BUYING NEW MACHINERY AND TO SET UP A NEW
FARM IN SWAZILAND. AFTER THE DEATH OF MY FATHER, WE DECIDED TO ESCAPE
TO
AN AFRICA COUNTRY CALLED GHANA IN WEST AFRICA, BECAUSE OF CONTINUED
HARASSMENT FROM MUGABE AND HIS SUPPORTERS.
AS A FAMILY, WE DECIDED TO CONTACT A REPUTABLE INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL
ASSIST US TO MOVE THIS MONEY OUT OF GHANA (AFRICA) AND INVEST THE SAID
SUM
INTO ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS VENTURE OF OUR CHOICE THAT WILL BE
PROFITABLE.
FOR US.
YOUR ROLE IN THIS TRANSACTION, WE HAVE AGREED TO OFFER YOU 25% OF THE
TOTAL SUM, AND 5% WILL BE MAPPED OUT FOR ANY EXPENSES THAT MAY BE
INCURRED
IN THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION AND 70% WILL BE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY
WHICH WILL BE INVESTED IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR AGRICULTURE OR THEREABOUT.
ALL WE WANT YOU TO DO IS TO ACT AS THE SOLE BENEFICIARY TO THE FUND,
AND
TO ASSIST US CLAIM THE FUND FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY. AS SOON AS YOU
HAVE
SECURED THE FUND WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU CAN HELP US MOVE TO YOUR
COUNTRY AS PERMANENT RESIDENTS. YOU CAN CONTACT ME WITH MY
EMAIL ADDRESS.
NOTE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE YOU SHOULD HOWEVER TREAT
THIS
TRANSACTION WITH ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY. ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO
MAKE
CLAIM OF THIS FUND ARE WITH ME AS THE NEXT OF KIN.
kAMA DIOUF
(For the family)
kamadiouf@yahoo.com



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