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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: "BAMLE ASHOK" <mrbamleashok_1@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:03:37 +0000
Subject: TRUSTHWORTHY AND HONESTY.

TRUSTHWORTHY AND HONESTY.

Dear Friend.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday.

My name is Damle Ashok, a merchant in India, I have been diagnosed with
Esophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right
now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as
that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know
that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money
in the world.

I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and
extended family members as well as a few close friends.

I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be
one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money
to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that
my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute
the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and
Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not
trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left
for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of seven
million dollars $7,000,000,that I have with a finance/firm Company abroad. I
will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity
organizations.

I have set aside 10% for you for your time and patience.please send a reply
through this email address (damleeashokk@netscape.net ) with your full
contact information for more private and confidential communication.
PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRES (damleeashokk@netscape.net )

yours truly,

Damle Ashok


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