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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Grace Boyi" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:11:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hello My Dear in the Lord,
Hello My Dear in the Lord,
I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody like me, whom you does not know before. I decided to do this after praying over the situation. You should please consider the transaction on its content and not the fact that you have not known me before. I need not dwell on how I came by your contact information because there are many such possibilities these days.I would like to introduce myself as Mrs. Grace Boyi, of Republic of Benin,widow to Late Dr. David Boyi (for Consular of the Benin Embassy in Madrid, Spain. I have been recently been diagnosed of Cancer of the Pelvics. I am writing to you now from my sick bed because of how this transfer is urgent to me.
There is $18.5M (Eighteen Million Five Hundred United State Dollars) my husband has in an account with the African Development Bank, Benin Republic of which I am the next of kin.
With my health condition and because my husband and I have no children,I am looking for a credible person that will not betrayed me to whom I will pass the right of next of kin . This person will apply to the bank and request for the transfer of the fund to his/her bank account.
This is on the condition that you will take only 30% of the fund for yourself,10% used for expenses, while you will use the remaining 60%for the less privilege people in the society.
This is in fulfillment of the last request of my husband: that a substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the less privileged.If this conditions acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately with your full contact information Below;
Your full name...................................................,
Your telephone Number and Fax Number........,
So that I will ask our family lawyer to prepare the authorization that will give you the right of next of kin to the account in the bank. I will also give you a text of the application Letter you are to send to the bank.
I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time the fund will be transferred into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund is used as i have described above. I will like you to contact my private doctor on his direct telephone number as stated below:+22996128120. to inform him that you have send me a message,so that i will reply you by sending you a letter of claim.
Looking forward to your immediate response to my private yahoo ID
Mrs. Grace Boyi.