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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: Vineyard Securities Agencies <vineyardsecuritiescompany@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:58:48 +0100 (BST)
Subject: RE:PRESENTATION OF COPY OF WINNERS VERIFICATION FORM..


ENGLAND SECURITY CONSULTATION DEPARTMENT..
ENGLAND VINEYARD SECURITIES AGENCIES.
ATTN :- MS. CLAUDINE BERG.
Good day to you Ms Claudine,We the Management of the England Vineyard Securities Agencies are very much pleased and delighted to have received your last detailed message on your reactions based on the Confirmation of Deposited Winning Funds Transfer via the Universal Stakes Lottery for the copy of winners verification form to Activate your Account to execute funds transfer via your most preffered mode of wire funds Transfer to your Bank Account in Germany.

We the Management of the Vineyard Securities Agencies will like to use this medium to also confirm to you that you will be required to make the necessary payment of the service charges which will be used to ensure the copy of service charges receipts and approval letter on wire transfer of your lump sum directly to your German Banking Account.

Ms Claudine,We will like to inform you that we are a very much notable institution and are very capable to ensure that all funds transfer is secured to your Account in Accordance to the Law.

Best Regards,

DR. OLIVERRA ERICSSON.
CONTROL AUCTION DEPARTMENT.
VINEYARD SECURITIES AGENCIES.


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