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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: "John owen" <info@financeministers.net>
Reply-To: johnowen22@plasa.com
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 18:20:24 +0000
Subject: INFORMASTION.

FROM MY DESK :MR JOHN OWEN.
REPLY TO EMAIL : johnowen2005@plasa.com


DATE : 2nd OF SEPTEMBER , 2005


DEAR RESPECTED PARTNER ,

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, PERMIT ME TO INTRODUCE MY SELF TO YOU. MY NAME IS MR
JOHN OWEN. I AM A DIRECTOR IN THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF NIGERIA ,
57 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOUT TO RETIRE FROM SERVICE . I AM IN THE OFFICE OF
VERIFICATION AND DOCUMENTATION.

I WISH TO CONTACT YOU BASED ON THE GROUNDS THAT I NEED SOMEONE IN YOUR
POSITION WHO WILL STAND IN AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE SUM OF US$7 MILLION
DOLLARS WHICH RESULTED AS A CONTRACT SUM DUE FOR PAYMENT TO MR JOHN
DICKSON WHO WAS A CONTRACTOR WITH OUR MINISTRY BUT DIED COUPLE OF MONTHS
AGO. IN MY DAILY DUTY ,I FOUND OUT THAT THE MAN HAS DIED AND NO ONE HAS COME
UP TO CLAIM HIS CONTRACT SUM. MY OFFICE THEREFORE DECIDED TO CANCLE THE
PAYMENT . BUT WITH MY POSITION, I DECIDED TO LOOK OUT FOR A RELAIBLEPERSON
LIKE YOU ,WITH WHOM I CAN DO THIS TRANSACTION SO THAT YOU CAN STAND IN AS
THE NEXT OF KIN TO LATE MR DICKSON FOR THE CLAIM OF THE FUNDS. I SHALL LET
YOU KNOW THE LEGAL PROCESS TO BE TAKEN TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE MADE THE
BENEFICAIRY OF THIS FUNDS.

NOTE THAT NO RELATION OF THE MR DICKSON HAS EVER SHOWN UPAND THAT WAS
WHY MY OFFICE DECIDED TO CANCLE THE PAYMENT.PLEASE IF YOU ARE WILLING
AND READY TO HAVE THIS DONE BY YOU AND I. DO WRITE BACK AND PROVIDE YOUR
ADDRESS , DIRECT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS .THIS FUND TRANSFER IS 100%
RISK FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL .YOU ARE FREE TO ASK QUESTION FOR
CLARIFICATION .THANKS FOR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION .


WARM REGARDS,

MR JOHN OWEN.
REPLY TO : johnowen2005@plasa.com


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