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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: dan vick <davicks11@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 06:37:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: GOOD DAY


NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
GARKI ABUJA
P.M.B 1024
ABUJA NIGERIA.


FROM THE DESK OF: DR. DAN VINCENT
GM Accounts (N.N.P.C.)

Dear Sir,
REF:REQUEST FOR URGENT FUND TRANSFER OF US$7.5M INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT FOR FURTHER BUSINESS INVESTMEN
NATURALLY, THIS LETTER WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE SINCE WE HAVE NOT MET.
PERMIT ME HOWEVER TO INFORM YOU THAT I AM A SENIOR STAFF WITH THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC). I AM MAKING THIS CONTACT WITH YOU BASED ON A SATIAFACTORY INFORMATION GATHER ABOUT YOUR GOOD SELF.
I AND SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES OF THIS CORPORATION HAVE SAFELY SECURED THE SUM OF US$7.5M (SEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS ONLY) IN A SUSPENED ACCOUNT IN THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (C.B.N),WHICH WE NOW INTEND TO TRANSFER INTO A TRUSTED PRIVATE FOREGN ACCOUNT.
THIS MONEY WAS PART OF DEDUCTIONS FROM PAYMENT MADE TO FOREIGN OIL CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS AFTER REVALUATION OF ALL COMPLETED WORKS DONE BUT FOUND TO BE OVER-INVOICED.
HOWEVER, YOU SHALL BE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED , IF YOU ACCEPT THIS PROPOSAL,PLEASE KINDLY CONTACT ME THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS
davicks11@yahoo.com. URGENT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY NEEDED AS I BELIEVE .YOU WILL PROTECT OUR INTEREST BY KEEPING THIS TRANSACTION SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
DR. DAN VINCENT
GM Accounts (N.N.P.C.)





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