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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: "jantama" <jantama_mohammed1@myway.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 00:40:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: i need your favour.




















ATTN:SIFPLEASE PERMITT ME TO ASK YOU FOR A VERY BIG FAVOUR AT THIS VERY TIGHT CORNER THAT I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP.MY NAMES ARE JANTAMA MOHAMMED , THE FIRST COUSIN OF THE EX-LIBERIAN PRESIDENT WHO WAS RESENTLY ARRESTED IN NIGERIA AND CURRENTLY FACING SERIES OF FALSE ALLIGATION IN WAR CRIMES THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY SIERRA-LEONE.MY MOTHER CALLED ME AS SOON AS WE HEARD OF THE ARREST TO INFORM ME OF A HUGE AMOUNT HE HAS DEPOSITED WITH A CUSTOM BONDED SECURITY WAREHOUSE IN ACCRA GHANA. I HAD TO IMMIDIATELY LEAVE GAMBIA WHERE I HAVE BEEN AS A POLITICAL ASSYLUM SEEKER TO ACCRA TO VERYFY THE NEWS MY MUM GAVE TO ME.I WILL WANT YOU TO PLEASE HANDLE THIS ISSUE WITH ALL CONFIDENTIALITY AND THIS SHOULD BE BETWEEN ME YOU AND MOTHER ALONE. THE DEPOSITED ITEMS ARE TWO TRUNK BOXES WITH ONE CONTAINING 150KGS OF ALLUVIAL RAW LENGO DUST GOLD AND THE SECOND BOX CONTAINING $36MILLION USD. I WILL WANT YOU TO ACT AS A FOREIGN PARTNER TO HELP ME MAKE CLAIMS, INVEST AND HANDLE THE
DEPOSIT IN YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY SAFE COUNTRY THAT IS OUTSIDE OF AFRICA AS URGENTLY AS POSSIBLE.I HAVE ALL THE DOCUMENTS COVERING THE DEPOSITS AND HAVE MADE CONTACTS WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE BONDED WAREHOUSE.I WILL BE VERY WILLING TO GIVE YOU 35% OF THE TOTAL ASSETS, WHILE THE REMAINING WILL BE JOINTLY INVESTED ON OUR BEHALF BY YOU.I WILL GIVE YOU FURTHER DETAILS AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE THIS IS VERY URGENT AND CONFIDENTIL.

YOURS FAITHFULLY.JANTAMA MOHAMMED.









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