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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: "newton brick" <hamson_import002@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:58:47 +0000
Subject: REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED URGENTLY!!!

Dear sir/madam,
I represent HAMSON IMPORT AND EXPORT PLC based in HONG KONG. My company
markets and exports Polymeric and other products for world trade. We
are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of
getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as making payments
through you as our payment officer. It is upon this note that we seek your
assistance to stand as our representative in your .country. Note that, as
our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for
the company and the balance will be paid into an account we will avail to
you. Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,
do send me promptly by email to info_brick002@yahoo.co.uk,Contact address
and Phone/fax numbers.
Thank you for your time
Very Respectfully,
MR. NEWTON BRICK,
MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
HIE PLC
TEL/FAX:852-301-58761


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