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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: usman ibrahim <usman53_ibrahim@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 08:10:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: HOPING TO HEAR FROM YOU VERY SOON!


Dear Friend,

I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a previous notice, I had to use the E-mail because it is the only way of making contact with you as i don't have your direct phone number. My name is Usman Ibrahim a 45 (Forty Five) year old Attorney currently practicing in Nigeria. I had a client, an Engineer working with the Shell Development Company based in Niger Delta of Nigeria now deceased. My client lost his life alongside his wife and only child in a plane crash while traveling from Benin to Lebanon for a business trip on Thursday, December 26, 2003 ..

PLANE CRASH WEB SITE:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/index.html

I need your assistance to repatriate the sum of $745,000.00 seven hundred and forty-five thousand dollars which my Deceased Client left behind in a Finance Company due to be transfered to your country before his death.

The Account containing this fund has been dormant since his demise and the Finance Company is threatening to confiscate the fund as "Unclaimed Deposit". Rather leaving the fund confiscated; based on you share the same last name with my Deceased Client I seek your consent and assistance to ominate you as my Deceased Client's Relation under legal process and risk free to repatriate the fund as I have the Jurisdiction as the Decease's attorney to testify the Decease's Relation.

Also I have with me the original copies of the death and deposit certificate to complete the transaction. What I require from you is your willingness to assist me and to treat the ransaction as confidential. I shall rather have you participate than not.

Contact me for further information and commencement on this transaction private email address;(Barr_usman1ibrahim@yhoo.com).

Respectfully,
Usman Ibrahim.

USMAN IBRAHIM & ASSOCIATE
NO 14B ALAN AVE, VITORIA ISLAND, LAGOS, NIGERIA.
Principal Partner: PETER BOYD Esq. Legal Practitioners: MRS. M. T.



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