joewein.net   joewein.de LLC
fighting spam and scams on the Internet
Try our spam filter!
Free trial for 30 days
  jwSpamSpy

Home
About Us
Spam
419/Nigeria
Fraud
Contact

"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.

Click here to report a problem with this page.

 

 

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

Fraud email example:

From: "Alton William" <altonw5@gmail.com>
Reply-To: altonw3@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:54:25 +0100
Subject: CONTACT COURIER COMAPNY,

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Anti-fraud resources:

 

 

jwSpamSpy
Are you sick of spam too? Do you want it stopped now?
Try jwSpamSpy, the spamfilter we use to track the spammers!
Free 30-day trial version available now!