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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.Mohammed D. Yaya" <mohammed_yaya2@zipmail.com.br> (may be fake)
Reply-To: mrdan_yaya@myway.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 23:45:55 +0000
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF MR MOHAMMED D YAYA.................REPLY ME

FROM MR MOHAMMED D. YAYA
AUDITING DEPARTMENT,
(AOB)AFRICA OCEANIC BANK
1, RUE DU COMMERCE, KEGUE,
NICOLAS AVENUE P. B. 3027,
LOME. REPUBLIC OF TOGO.
(WEST COAST) WEST AFRICA
DIRECT LINE: 00228 927 01 73
ALT EMAIL: mrdan_yaya@myway.com

Dear Friend,

I got your address via the internet.I have a proposal for you this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am 50,and had worked with a bank(one of the African leading banks in the West Coast).Here in this bank existed a dormant account for the past 10 years which belong to an America national who is now late. After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were very much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.

When we discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for this long period,I and my two other colleagues decided to carry out a system investigation and discovered that non of the family member nor relations of the late America National is aware of this account.

You shall read more about the late America National on visiting this site;

http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/ and
http://www.nativefederation.org/history/people/mThompson.html

This is the story in a nutshell.

Now we want an account overseas where we can transfer this funds.Thereafter,we had planned to destroy all related documents for this account.It is a careful network and for the past eleven months we have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation.The amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at-US$19.5 million US dollars (Nineteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States of America Dollar Only).

Now our questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can you sponsor this project?
3. Can we give you this trust?
4. What will be your Total commission?

Consider this and get back at us as soon as possible.Finally,it is our humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention,urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.We Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.Call me at this direct line +228 9270173 after sending a mail for confirmation.

Respectfully yours,
Mr. Mohammed D. Yaya


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