fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Amiru <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:56:17 +0100 (BST)
Subject: GOOD NEWS
My dear friend
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of
a new partner from London. Presently Iâ am in London for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary, his name is okwuta and his Email Address secretary email:(
email@example.com )ask him to send you the total $3,000.000.00 which i kept for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated
your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr okwuta
and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the
sufferance at that time. In the moment, i am very busy here because of the investment projects
which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch
with Mr firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send the amount to you with out any delay.
with best regards