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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: "=?iso-8859-1?q?Mr.=20Ibrahim=20Hassan?=" <hmr.ibrahim@yahoo.co.nz>
Reply-To: ibrahim_hassan44@eim.ae
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 23:10:39 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ATT: VERY URGENT RESPONDS.....


I have a new email address!You can now email me at: hmr.ibrahim@yahoo.co.nz



- FROM THE DESK OF MR. IBRAHIM HASSAN BRANCH MANAGER DUBAI ISLAMIC BANK SH, RASHID BIN SAEED AL MAKHTOUM RD. OPPOSITE MARRIAGE FUNDBUILDING, AIRPORT ROAD UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (U.A.E) PRIVATE EMAIL: (ibrahim_hassan44@eim.ae) I AM MR. IBRAHIM HASSAN,.BRANCH MANAGER OF ISLAMIC BANK OF DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (U.A.E). DEAR FRIEND, THIS MESSAGE MIGHTY MEET YOU IN UTMOST SURPRISE, HOWEVER IT'S JUST MY URGENT NEED FOR FOREIGN PARTNER THAT MADE ME TO CONTACT YOU FOR THIS TRANSACTION. l AM A BANKER BY PROFESSION FROM DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,AND CURRENTLY HOLDING THE POST OF BRANCH MANAGER OF THE BANK. I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF TRANSFERING THE LEFT OVER-DRAFT FUNDS ( $16.300,000.00.SIXTEEN MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) OF ONE OF MY BANK CLIENTS WHO DIED ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY ON 31, JULY 2000 IN A PLANE CRASH. YOU CAN CONFIRM THE GENUINESS OF THE DECEASE DEATH BY CLICKING ON THIS WEB SITE HENCEhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm I AM INVITING YOU FOR A BUSINESS DEAL WHERE THIS MONEY CAN BE SHARED BETWEEN US IN THE RATION OF 50% FOR ME, 40% FOR YOU, WHILE 10% WILL BE MAPPED OUT FOR EXPENSES. IF YOU AGREE TO MY BUSINESS PROPOSAL. FURTHER DETAILS OF THE TRANSFER WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOU AS SOON AS I RECEIVED YOUR RETURN MAIL AND REPLY TO ME IMMEDIATELY. HAVE A GREAT DAY.YOUR FAITHFULLY MR. IBRAHIM HASSAN NOTE..........FOR CONFIDENTIAL OF THIS TRANSACTION.TOP SECRET.YOU CAN NOW EMAIL ME THRUOGH THIS ACCOUNT(ibrahim_hassan44@eim.ae).


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