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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: DR MICHEAL WHITE <mawhite49@bellsouth.net>
Reply-To: frank_williams2010@whitianga.com
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 07:26:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE


My Dear friend, How are you today, i am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered with the help of the Pan-Africa Mortgage & Finance,Meanwhile, I didn't forget your Past efforts in helping me that time,Now i want you to contact my secretary on his contact information below. Name Mr.Jason Duke,E-mail:(jason_duke_660@yahoo.cn) PhoneNumber:+229 96-38-99-70.Ask him to send you Cashier's Cheque for your compensation sum of ($1.5) One Million Five H undred Thousand US Dolalrs which I kept for you as compensation for your effort. contact him immediately you receive this mail,please do not forget to send to him:name:Contact Address:Cell Phone Number: And do let me know as soon as you have received the Cashier's Cheque .Regards, Dr,Michael White


 
 

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