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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Mokoena Malefe <mokoena_malefe@yahoo.ca>
Reply-To: mokoena_100malefe@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 10:23:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hello


Outer Circle
Regents Park
NW3 4RY
London
Good day,
This letter might surprise you because we have met neither in person nor by correspondence. But I believe it is one day that you got to know someone either physical or through correspondence. I'm Mr. Mokoena Malefe, a staff in the Private Clients Section of a well-known bank, here in London, England.

One of our accounts, with holding balance of £13,000,000 (thirteen Million Pounds Sterling) has been dormant and last operated three years ago. From my investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account, a foreigner by name John Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash in Birmingham; you can view this CNN website
http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/01/04/england.plane/
for details on the crash.
Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the existence of either the account or the funds; and also Information from the National Immigration also states that he was single on entry into the UK.
I have confidently discussed this issue with some of the bank officials and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We therefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after necessary processes have been followed.
At the conclusion of the transfer, 65% of the fund will be for me, I will give you 20% of the total transfer sum, 10% for charity while the remaining 5% will be set aside to settle expenses both parties might incur during the transfer process.

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.
On your interest, let me hear from you.
Warm Regards,
Mr Mokoena Malefe

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