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!
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "ABN AMRO N.V" (may be fake) Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:58:36 +0100 Subject: Account Verificatie
Amsterdam, 07 February 2011
Betreft: Account Verificatie
ABN Amro is niet in staat om uw account te verifiŽren. Uw account dient zo snel mogelijk geverifieerd te worden. U kunt uw account simpel weg verifieren door op de volgende link te klikken, Mocht het niet lukken word er zsm contact met u opgenomen..